Dora Marie Menchaca
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif., USA
Occupation: Associate director of clinical research, Amgen Inc.
Location: Passenger, American Flight 77, Pentagon
"Her garden was something she treasured. When we bought the house three years ago, there was nothing in the back yard. A fair amount of her time was spent creating her garden. She was actually looking forward to getting back to it on September 11. She had promised our son that they were going to plant purple roses when she got back." --Earl Dorsey, husband
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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