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

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Sharon A. Carver

Age: 38

Hometown: Waldorf, Md., USA

Occupation: Civilian employee, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

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Sharon S. Carver was only days back from an annual family vacation at Disney World and settling into her routine as an accountant for the Army when a hijacked plane crashed into her Pentagon office Tuesday morning.

"She went to Florida and had fun with the whole family," her nephew, Sean Carver, 21, said.

Sharon Carver, 38, had worked for several years as an Army civilian and was working toward a master's degree in accounting from Strayer University. She liked her job but was talking about looking at other opportunities, her nephew said Friday.

He wished she had.

She is listed on the Army's unaccounted-for list, and her family continues to wait for news about her. "They're still hoping every day," her nephew said.

Carver cherished her family, her nephew said. She spent her final vacation with five of her siblings. She lived with a brother and a sister in her Waldorf home. And though she wasn't married and had no children, she treated her nieces and nephews as if they were her own.

"She was a good person who took care of her family and her nieces and nephews," Sean Carver said.

He recalled how she pushed him to try his best in school.

"She told me to stay in college and finish up college and get a good job," Sean said. "I've known her all my life. She's my favorite aunt."

He is now a student at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and he intends to graduate as a tribute to her.

-- Nancy Trejos

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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