Felicia, 38, was an only child who found a way to be an aunt anyway, playing the role with zest for the children of her five cousins. "She loved dancing and music," said one of them, La-Rae Shelton, recalling the rose tattoo on her cousin's left shoulder and her very short, chic haircut. "She really liked children, but she wanted to wait to get her career started before having a child." She did just that. After half a dozen years of marriage to Andrew Bass and a career that had taken her to Alliance Consulting, on the 102nd floor of the World Trade Center's second tower, she and Bass had a son, Sebastian. "She loved being a mom," Shelton said. "All her co-workers heard about her baby, the hair stylists, everybody." Still, Felicia made time for dancing after work, before heading home to Brooklyn. She took classes at Dance Space, on Broadway and Canal Street. "They did a dance tribute to her, as a memorial," Shelton said. Sebastian may be too young to remember that, but a generation of cousins who loved his mother will be sure to tell him.
Her husband remembers her as “a kind and generous soul who loved life and people. She was a beacon of joy, fun, and vibrancy to all of her family and friends. Becoming a mother in 1999 to our beautiful son Sebastian, Felicia seemed to find her true calling. She sacrificed and adjusted her life to be there for Sebastian at all times. Thankfully they got to love and enjoy one another, albeit too short a time, but none the less they had time together. The hardest thing to deal with is telling my son why his mother is no longer here. May all of us pray for calmer times ahead for our children.” As Sebastian grows older, Andrew sees Felicia’s looks and her feistiness, spunk and “the thirst to be on the go.” Lisa, Felicia’s cousin honors her with this tribute, “Her warmth, sense of humor and overall sweetness will leave a void in this world.”
Take a moment to read more tributes to Felicia at September 11, 2001 Victims, Legacy.com and Newsday.
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