September 11 Memorial: Remembering the victims who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania

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Ada M. Davis

Age: 57

Hometown: Camp Springs, Md., USA

Occupation: Civilian employee, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

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Nolton Davis was playing with his granddaughter when a friend called to tell him that terrorists had crashed a plane into the Pentagon -- where his wife, Ada, worked.

The friend had called Ada an hour earlier after the first hijacked airliner crashed into the World Trade Center.

"They had talked about what a tragedy it was," Davis said. "My wife was watching it on the television in her office in the Pentagon while she talked to her friend."

When the plane hit the Pentagon, the friend called Ada back. No answer.

It has been almost four weeks, and Ada Davis, 58, an Army accountant and doting grandmother from Camp Springs, is listed as unaccounted for. Her husband and four grown children are focusing on happy memories.

Ada Davis was supposed to retire last summer, her husband said. "They asked her to stay on until October to close out the fiscal year," he said. "She didn't really have any plans, so she did."

Nolton Davis, 64, is keeping busy with his grandchildren, Bethany Cuyler, 2, and Brenden Cuyler, 8. The children don't know their grandmother is missing.

He recalls the fear that overwhelmed him after hearing of the attack and the dozens of supportive calls he received from friends and relatives.

He had been doubly frightened that day because the Davises' oldest daughter, Zenovia Cuyler, also works at the Pentagon.

"She called me about two hours after the attack to say she was okay, but she couldn't find Mom," Davis said. "I was so happy she was out, but I was just sick that my wife was in there. I still can't visualize it."

-- Avis Thomas-Lester

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Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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