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Vicki C. Yancey

Age: 43

Hometown: Springfield, Va., USA

Occupation: Defense contractor, Vredenburg Co.

Location: Passenger, American Flight 77, Pentagon

"She loved 'Les Miserables' and was amazingly engrossed in it. She read Victor Hugo's novel 10 times and went up to New York City three times to see the play. She was a liberal centrist and an activist. The story reflected her interest in social issues. She had her own political Web site. In 1991, at Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s request, she spoke before a Senate subcommittee on the fact that families needed two incomes to get by. This was the result of a letter she wrote that was published in The Post." -- David Yancey, husband

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Vicki Yancey, of Springfield, was an eager worker and an even more eager traveler. The former naval electronics technician, bound for a business conference in Reno, Nev., was on the first of what she hoped would be many trips for Vredenburg, a Washington-based defense contractor for which she worked.

She wasn't supposed to be on American Airlines Flight 77, however. Ticketing problems delayed her departure on an earlier flight, and she made it onto the American plane with minutes to spare. When she called her husband, David Yancey, to let him know, each said, "I love you," before hanging up.

The 43-year-old mother of two daughters -- Michelle, 18, and Carolyn, 15 -- loved politics, figure skating and the beach.

In 1991, she wrote a letter to The Washington Post lamenting the demise of the one-income family. That led to an appearance before the Senate Finance Committee, where she testified about the struggles of middle-class families. USA Today, CNN and PBS followed up with stories.

Above a picture of her on her Web page, Yancey wrote: "I love politics -- here's me testifying before the Senate Finance Committee in 1991. What an exciting day that was!"

-- Steven Ginsberg

Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com


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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