Tara Debek

Tara  Debek
World Trade Center

Happiness to Share

"Anytime I see anything purple," said Tara Moore Debek's sister-in-law, Tara Moore, "I can't help but think of her." Ms. Debek was obsessed with purple, and even had purple contact lenses, Ms. Moore said. Ms. Moore also thinks of Ms. Debek anytime "Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield plays on the radio, and anytime she sees a Broadway show, another of Ms. Debek's passions. "I saw `Mamma Mia!' and I couldn't stop crying during the whole play," Ms. Moore said. "I just knew how much she would love that music."

Ms. Debek, 35, an assistant vice president at Marsh & McLennan, left her husband, Derek, and a 6-month-old daughter, Paige, when she died at the World Trade Center.

"She was the one who went out of her way to make sure everyone was always happy," said her brother-in-law, John Reahl, who remembered how she planned a trip to Disney World for nine family members not too long ago. "She took care of a lot of the happiness the family shared."

She had a lot of happiness to share, Ms. Moore said. "The most memorable thing about her, to me, is actually how much she loved her life. She was the happiest person I know."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on June 30, 2002.

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