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

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Marian H. Serva

Age: 47

Hometown: Stafford, Va., USA

Occupation: Civilian employee, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

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The cups of coffee at dusk are among the most cherished moments missed.

"That's what we used to do every day after work," said Bruce Serva, whose wife, Marian, is listed as missing more than three weeks after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. "We would just sit with our coffee, look at the sunset and talk about our day."

Marian Serva, 47, was a congressional affairs contact officer for the Army. She had worked at the Pentagon for 15 years; her office had moved to the west side of the building -- the section that American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into -- two months ago.

The couple met in high school in Greenville, N.C., and later eloped. He enlisted in the Army. She indulged her love of all things outdoors, including growing tomatoes, flowers and exotic shrubs at their Stafford County home.

Both were born in Yonkers, N.Y., and they were partners for 26 years. They traveled the world, raising their daughter, Christina, 18, a student at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.

"We worked as a team every single day," said Bruce Serva, who retired from the Army as a sergeant first class 10 years ago. "She was my best friend."

-- Chris L. Jenkins

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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