Odessa V. Morris


Odessa Morris was only going to work at the Pentagon for a couple of hours. Morris, 54, a budget analyst for the Army, wanted to head home early for her 25th wedding anniversary dinner.

She and her husband, Horace Anthony Morris, an English professor at Howard University, were heading to a favorite seafood restaurant.

At 9:30 a.m., after hearing about the attacks in New York, Horace Morris tried to call his wife at the Pentagon.

"He only got her voice mail," said Odessa Morris' older sister, Ethel Scott.

Thirty minutes later, a colleague came into class and told Horace Morris that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon.

He left to search for her at the Metro station where he dropped her off that morning, then at a local hospital and finally at the Pentagon, where he learned she was missing.

The couple had three children, two grown daughters and a son still in high school. They lived on 22 acres in the woods of Upper Marlboro, Md., where they kept an assortment of animals, including cows, rabbits, goats and chickens.

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