Monday, September 11, 2006

In Memory of 1 of 2996

Felicia Traylor-Bass

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.

Hat Tip: NYT, CNN. com (And Patrick & Benning for formatting help!)

17 comments:

benning said...

Felicia sounds like a fun Lady to know. Her picture:
http://www.sept11thmemorial.com/images/felicia_traylor-bass.jpg

shows a beautiful smile, a happy face. What a wonderful tribute you've created for her, jgf! I think she would enjoy it. I know I did.

Thanks!

jgf said...

A photo of her will be up as soon as blogger allows...

brian said...

Thank you for posting this tribute about a wonderful mother and wife. I posted today also, and ask you to stop by and leave a link to this post so others can read your moving words.

ABFreedom said...

Most excellent tribute jgf .. she sounds like she was a very fun and caring lady.

Gayle said...

You did a wonderful job of telling us about this vibrant and loving woman. May God wrap his arms around her and bring peace to her survivors.

When you start reading about these people as the individuals they were, and not simply numbers, it does bring it up even more close and personal than ever.

Anna said...

Beautiful, jgf! A strong woman who knew what she wanted.

Brooke said...

God bless the family of anoyher innocent victim!

Thank you for a beautiful memorial.

Gunz said...

Outstanding tribute and very well written. What a wonderful, kind, and caring woman. I leave with a lump in my throat and a heavy heart.

Tammy said...

Beautiful Memorial. Thank you for sharing the life of Felicia with us all.

Cathy said...

Thank you for the time and effort it took to share her with us. She sounds to have been a very kind and loving person.

Katherine said...

That was a wonderful tribute. Thanks for stopping by my tribute to Marjorie C. Salamone.

Paige said...

What a wonderful tribute. This project has really touched me. I'm honored to be a part of it.

David said...

I am so proud to be part of this project- remembering each one, and praying for their families. God Bless you, jfg, for your writing here.

Praying for your Prodigal said...

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful woman. It is hard not to be moved by reading about each life honored today!

Diane

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Wow!! That just breaks my heart to think that she left a 2 yr. old behind who doesn't have a mom and probably won't remember much about her. Great tribute and we must never forget.

Hick said...

I loved this tribute. It just shows how every person can make a difference in other people's lives.

Sassenach said...

A permalink has been created for the 2996 database (I am helping out as a list captain).

You may have noticed that the main site for 2996 has gone down repeatedly, due to the extremely high volume of traffic this project generated. Mirror sites have been put up that show the list of names and links. Some of them are:

• http://www.madmommajen.com/?p=3
• http://bamapachyderm.com/2996-the-911-tributes/
• http://www.onebigdog.net/2996-tributes/

Thank you for taking the time to write this tribute.