Deora Bodley
Deora Bodley, a 20-year-old college junior from California, was returning from an East Coast visit with friends when she boarded United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania. Bodley was devoted to helping kids. "She really touched many lives," said Kathy Almazol, principal of the school where Bodley tutored 2nd graders this summer.
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Published by The Press-Enterprise on Sep. 13, 2001.
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You will be in my heart as long as I live. RIP Deora.
Irene Donnell
April 9, 2021
Happy 40th Birthday Deora. I love you! Mom
Deborah Borza
Family
April 8, 2021
It was such a beautiful day in Shanksville today. So bright and vibrant...like your smile,your beauty and your life. Happy birthday,Deora!
Aaron DePhillips
April 8, 2021
Lately,my depression,my sadness and my fear have gotten the better of me. Some days are hard to get through. In times like these I've taken great comfort in thinking of you,Deora. I'm trying as best as I can to muster some of your courage...your strength,and carry on. Many times in the past,your memory and inspiration has helped heal this broken heart. I can't thank you enough for that. All my love to you in heaven,and to your family here on earth.
Aaron DePhillips
February 14, 2021
As I read the description of your short life, it breaks my heart. How could such a young life be taken away so soon. It gives me the chills knowing that we were around the same age when you died. Your story will always stick with me. My heart goes out to your whole family. You are such a hero to a lot of people. I wish you were here for me and the other people to tell you how much of a hero you are.
Ashley Swegan
Student
October 6, 2020
To all of you who have left messages here recently, thank you for remembering Deora. As her Mom, my want for myself is for Deora to always be remembered and for people like you all to emulate her. That is happening right now and for time to come. Thank you. You are all loved and adored by me.
Deborah Borza
Mother
October 1, 2020
Deora, as I read your biography I found out I relate to you a lot! I plan on becoming a teacher for kids with special needs or even 2nd grade like you. What you did in the small amount of time you were here on earth is just inspiring and I aspire to be like you when I become older. The impact you made in those children's lives will live with them forever and they will always look up to you. We truly need more people like you in this world. I know I didn't know you personally but by reading stories about you I can tell you where kind, caring and someone everyone wants to be around all the time. I am so so so sorry that your life had to be taken from you too soon. You had so much more to do and it breaks my heart that you won't be able too. You had such a kind and loving heart! And to your family I am so sorry for your lost. I know I don't know how you feel and what you are going though but just know that Deora is now your guardian angel and will always be looking over you! Your heart and light will live forever and your memory will never be forgotten! Fly high beautiful angel!!
Savannah Armstrong
Student
September 30, 2020
Today I read your biography of your life that was taken too soon. You have made an impact on the world even when you were alive. I see you as a hero and an inspiration. To be so close in age with you, i'm speechless to know that you lost your life so quickly. You truly touched many lives, especially your second graders. You will never be forgotten. I hope you have found peace. Fly high
Allison Pawcio
Student
September 29, 2020
As I was reading the brief description of your short life, I teared up. You were close to me in age and to think to myself, if I were you, I don't know what I would have done knowing I was going to die at such a young age. I believe you lived your life to the absolute fullest. You inspire so many young people to really follow their hearts when it comes to what they want to do in life. Like you, I absolutely love children and I know if we had ever met, we would have gotten along so well because our personalities seem to match up in so many ways. You are such a light in so many ways. You will never be forgotten. Fly high with the Angels!!!
Nadia McCoy
Student
September 29, 2020
Today I read the brief description of your life and who you are. You are such an inspiration to so many people and I aspire to be as good as you are when I'm older. You are like me in so many ways and I know that you would have been an amazing person to be around. You are missed by so many and you touched the lives of so many children and animals. Your light will live on and your memory will not be forgotten!
Emily Hyland
Student
September 29, 2020
Today I read your biography and you are such and inspiration. I can relate to you in many different ways. Next year I will be starting my first year of college to become a speech pathologist. I’ve always wanted to work with children. You had such a bright future ahead of you!! Prayers for you and your family
Bri Saner
Student
September 28, 2020
I carry you in my heart as I teach children every day! You are one of my forever students! Your spirit stays strong with those whose lives you touched.
Erin Knight
Teacher
September 13, 2020
Celebrating your legacy of love and self sacrifice on this day. You will be remembered forever and always.
Aaron DePhillips
September 11, 2020
Did not know you or your family, stumbled across this memory page and read you were the youngest victim of flight 93. You had your whole life ahead of you and then this happens. It's just awful.
I hope and pray you're at peace, and same to all other people who lost their lives that day.
Not forgotten
Love from England
James B
June 2, 2020
What a beautiful day it was on your Birthday. Youre loved and adored always. Mom
Deborah Borza
Mother
April 9, 2020
I'm thinking of you especially on this day. Happy birthday,beautiful Deora!
Aaron DePhillips
April 8, 2020
Enjoy the new year in the afterlife, Deora.
Alex lai
December 30, 2019
Greg Keiling
Friend
December 23, 2019
Deora,you are never far from my thoughts,but I've been thinking about you a lot lately. I can only imagine how hard it must be for your family and friends to not have you there for Christmas. But I know you are in their hearts. You're certainly in mine. All my love,thoughts and best wishes are with Debby,Murial and all your family and friends this holiday season.
Aaron DePhillips
December 21, 2019
Its sad how you died at 20 on United 93, although your fellow passengers tried to save it. Earlier this week, I paid my respects to a pair of Las Vegas shooting victims who died in their early 20s. It is so ironic how similar their losses are to yours.
Always show your gratitude and joy to them with the angels!
A.L.
October 5, 2019
Hello Deora, my teacher assigned me to do a report on one of the passengers and you are the one I relate to most. Recently I've been thinking about becoming a pediatrician so I'd have the chance to help kids. My mom is also a vet so I get to come in and help with the animals and different things-not an animal shelter but pretty close! Even though it's been 18 years, you have so many people who vividly remember you and you're impacting kids like you wanted to by allowing us to read your story. I hope you have found peace, thank you.
Cass Hauck
September 23, 2019
Thinking of you and your loving family, especially on this day. ♥ Your light still shines brightly for all who have been touched by your time spent here.
Joanne
September 15, 2019
Hey D. Just saying hey ...always thinking of you. I talked to Aly on Wednesday. We both powered through yet another Anniversary. I didnt wanna go to class Wednesday night but Aly said youd want me to go so I went. Anyhow, love you m have a great day up there. Say hi to my Mom if you can. ❤
Greg Keiling
Friend
September 14, 2019
Another year..
Always seem to remember your face.
God bless.
Jacob giddings
September 13, 2019
You are on my mind. ❤
Pamela
September 11, 2019
Even though it's now been 18 years since 9/11, your light has only gotten stronger. You are greatly missed,but we all carry on with you on our minds and in our hearts. Even to this day,when I have a tough choice or decision to make I always think,"What would Deora do?" For me,you represent the best of what humans are capable of. All my love to you and your friends and family,Deora.
Aaron DePhillips
September 11, 2019
I am a sophomore in high school and was assigned to research Deora. I found that I could relate to her much more than I thought I would. It is so eye- opening to see the impact she has left. It is obvious she led an amazing life and I aspire to be as inspirational to others.
Elizabeth
Student
August 29, 2019
Every year as the anniversary of 9/11 approaches and on that day, I think of you dear Deora and your family. I visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York and took a picture of your name, engraved in grief and relief which I share each September 11th.
Irene Donnell
Acquaintance
August 21, 2019
Team DEORA is gearing up yet again for the annual SD 9/11 Memorial Stairclimb!!! My benefit show for the Team is 8/31 !! Also - our annual Dime & Vinnie Benefit show is benefitting Helen Woodward Animal Center this year!!! I thought youd approve ❤ I saw Marc recently for a Team meeting and I talked to Aly and your mom recently and we are supposed to meet up later this month hopefully while theyre out here !!! Stay awesome in Heaven my friend ❤
Greg Keiling
Friend
August 16, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss, deora. Your spirit still shines though...
August 15, 2019
Happy Birthday To You!
Deborah Borza
Family
April 8, 2019
Happy birthday,Deora! You're a beautiful angel. I'll be visiting the Flight 93 Memorial later today to pay my respects.
Aaron DePhillips
April 8, 2019
Hello Deora and happy new year! I hope you're up in heaven enjoying it with your dad and the other angel friends you made on that flight as you faught evil with good. My new year has been very life changing and rewarding and you are major reason for that. After reading up on you last month I found an unusual strong sensation to get up and stop day dreaming about doing good things and start doing them, much like what you did. I have even begun volunteering with an after school program for young kids and am soon to start at the Brandon animal shelter. And it is so rewarding to give back to others who need it. You taught me that and inspired me! I wish I got the chance to meet you in really life but sadly your life was taken way too soon. I am planning on visiting USA in middle year and if all goes as planned for my surgery should be able to attend the San Diego 9/11 fight fighters stair climb and be a member of TEAM DEORA thanks to a new mutural friend! You have become a very strong source of positivity for me and I hope to continue on with making the world better. Some days I'm not sure if I will ever go to heaven but assuming I would get in, I am going to be looking for you!! Grab lunch or a tea and I can hardly wait to see and hear about how you made heaven a better place than it was before you got in there, just like earth !! Rest easy baby girl! <3 xoxox -Ashley
Ashley Marie
January 17, 2019
Sending our continued deep sympathy for your loss. Words can never remove the pain felt when we lose someone dearly loved but may they show that even though many years have passed others still do care. May God continue to give the comfort and help needed everyday. Deora is still very missed by many and will always be lovingly remembered.
The Kindred Family
December 2, 2018
Team DEORA did wonderful for our first time at the SD 9/11 Memorial Stairclimb!!! Next year will be bigger than ever !!! Marc said he's gonna help us try n get to be the number 1 team!!! We are representing on Sunday 9/23 at the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run too!! I spent the Anniversary with Marc & your sister at SD Mission and it was truly emotional and bittersweet...I checked on your tree yesterday and as I'm sure you know, it's bigger n better than ever !!!! we miss you every day D...love you !!! - gdogg ❤ #WeAreTeamDEORA
Greg Keiling
September 14, 2018
Today I read your biography and I related to you so much. I've volunteered at animal shelters and I love children. I'm a senior in high school and I do plan to be a child psychologist, just like you! I wish I was able to meet you here today but I will not forget you and I'll search for you in heaven one day! To her parents stay strong, you were raising such an inspiring daughter!
Justine Carmen
September 13, 2018
I'm not sure what to say other than she seemed like an amazing person to be around. Not many people go and help others and she did, which is amazing. I hope the family is doing well and healthy.
Kyla King
September 13, 2018
When I read your story, how you loved animals and how you wanted to help children, I connect too you. You were only 20 when you passed yet your story will impact my life and others forever. I hope you and your family and friends are able to find peace with your passing. Today I remember not just the accident I remember you Deora Bodley and her wonderful personality.
sylvia cross
September 13, 2018
I aspire to be like you. You've had an impact on so many lives. You're an inspiration to many. You were going to great things. I pray for your family and friends that were impacted. You will never be forgotten.
Cara
September 13, 2018
I am 18 and I could never imagine my life ending in 2 years in the tragic way yours did. I couldn't imagine the heartache that was given to those who loved you on the day you were taken away. Seeing what those who knew you and loved you write about you makes even me mourn the loss of you, and I didn't even know you.
Riley McCleary
September 13, 2018
I think it speaks volumes about how loving,caring and inspirational you are that someone like me,who never knew you,looks up to you so much. Your legacy and memory helps guide me through life. And I'm not the only one. You're always in my heart,Deora!
Aaron DePhillips
September 12, 2018
Hugues FRANCOIS
September 12, 2018
Thank you to all those who love Deora and keep her alive in you! Debby (Deora's Mom)
Deborah Borza
Mother
September 12, 2018
Never Forgotten!
Kathy
September 11, 2018
I never knew you, but today I'm writing a paper on you. It's been 17 years today. You were a beautiful young woman who impacted so many lives. I hope to meet you one day in heaven. Thank you for all you did in the short moments of life. Our closeness in age and likeness of life has led me to choose you today. Through all of the comments on you, I feel like I knew you personally. You were amazing. Fly High ~Your newest friend
Nikke Lee
Friend
September 11, 2018
Debby,

Today we all take time to pause and remember Deora, although really she is and never will be forgotten in our memories!
Dave Larson
September 11, 2018
Today, 9/11/2018, we remember you Deora. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. You will never be forgotten.
Tom
September 11, 2018
Hope you enjoyed your big day yesterday. I wanted to have lunch with Marc n your sis but I had family obligations in LA. I was sporting the dog tag I had made of you yesterday ❤ Anyhow, happy belated birthday my friend !!!! You are truly missed and in my thoughts always.
gdogg ❤
Greg Keiling
April 9, 2018
I wish you a Happy Birthday,Deora! You are always in my thoughts!
Aaron DePhillips
April 8, 2018
Sweet girl..every 9/11 I think of you and your family.
Irene Donnell
September 12, 2017
Thinking about you today. I can't believe that you have been gone for 16 years.
Pamela
September 11, 2017
Randy Tetzner
September 11, 2017
thinkingnof you
September 11, 2017
Your memory and legacy will be with me forever. And I'm just one of many you've helped inspire. On this September 11 my thoughts and love go out to all of Deora's friends and family. Let me tell you that her love and life lives on. Not just in me,but in every good deed and in every loving heart.
Aaron DePhillips
September 11, 2017
I am sure that your beautiful spirit will live on through those who knew and loved you and you are truly not only a hero, but a guardian angel.
Sur Shiles
June 12, 2017
I went to the memorial in your honor. You still matter. Left a rose, hope somehow it means something.
Eric
April 30, 2017
Happy birthday Deora! I'm amazed that although we've never met,you have had such a huge impact on me. You are,and always will be my hero. The same goes for your wonderful mother,Debby!
Aaron DePhillips
April 8, 2017
Happy birthday Deora! I think of you everyday. Even on those days where I find it hard to deal with life,I think of you and it gives me the strength to go on. You are my hero,forever and always!
Aaron DePhillips
April 8, 2017
Happy Birthday Deora! You Are Love!!

Thank you to all who leaves messages here. I am so comforted by them, knowing that Deora is loved and remembered by so many she knew and didn't know.

Love,
Deora's Mom
April 8, 2017
Aaron DePhillips
December 1, 2016
I never had the chance,or the honor,to know Deora,but I really identify with her and she's become a hero to me. From all I've discovered about her she was a truly wonderful girl that really made this world a better place to live. I miss her as if I did know her. I know that heaven is an even more beautiful place with Deora there. Rest in peace,my dear.
Aaron DePhillips
December 1, 2016
We had a 9/11 unit in our religion class this year and I was given Deora to learn about. She has been such an amazing inspiration to me. She believed so much in everything that she did and she is a soul that is still working for peace and goodness in our world. Deora inspired me to live a better life. She is such an amazing person. I will never forget. Deora's family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Grace
September 16, 2016
Lighting a candle and praying for all the families who lost loved ones on 9/11/01, especially Deora's mom.
Kathryn Ortiz
September 11, 2016
Deora I remember and honor you today and every day as I continue to teach children as I did when you were my student. With love and peace for all those who are with you.
Erin
September 11, 2016
I can't believe that it's been 15 years since I've been to the service that honored and celebrated Deora's life. It seems like yesterday. You'll never be forgotten Deora!
September 11, 2016
It was a beautiful day today Deora, just as it was 15 years ago. You're really honored and remember for your love and courage. You are loved! Mom
Deborah Borza
September 11, 2016
Deora - Thank you for inspiring my life through your tragedy. I pray for your family and thank them for doing so much to honor your life.
Marisa Borota
September 11, 2016
Marisa Borota
September 11, 2016
Debbie we will always keep you and your family in our prayers. Your dedication to helping us all remember those lives that were lost on that horrible day.

The image of Deora as a new born baby will always be in my mind.

Hurley
Hurley Alderman
September 11, 2016
I think of you often, Deora. You would have graduated from Santa Clara University the same year I did, 2004. When I was struggling in school, I thought about how lucky I was to be alive. When I had low moments, I dedicated my academic work to you. You helped me graduate on time.

We will never know why you were taken so young or in such a manner. I know your final thoughts and words were of your mother and father. I know that in your last moments you must have prepared yourself to meet God because you were a faithful and humble person. You would have been 35 by now. I am sad that the world is without you now. Maybe you would have been a mother by now. Surely you would have had a career, perhaps as a teacher. Every September 11th, I hang an American flag on my front porch in your honor and for all those on Flight 93. You will never be forgotten.
Kathryn Ortiz
September 10, 2016
Your sweet smile & beautiful face will never be forgotten. Fly high with the angels, Deora.
Norma Garcia
September 7, 2016
Back at it again this weekend. 9/11 Starclimb in honor of you and FDNY Anthony Rodriguez on Saturday morning then my annual Flight 93/Semper Fi Fund benefit show. Miss your face.
Greg Keiling
September 7, 2016
I visited the 9/11 Memorial on 7/14/16. In the museum, in the room of victim's photos, our tour guide suggested we pick out someone and rememer them on the Anniversary of 9/11 each year. I chose Deora. I found her name on the panel at the Memorial Fountain and left a flag. When I returned home I researched her history on the internet. I was amazed at her insight at such a young age and all she had accompolished in her precious, short life. I will not only think of her on 9/11, but she is now in my heart everyday.
Linda Yearly
September 4, 2016
By sheer luck, I've just learnt that today(April 8) would have been your 35th birthday.

We never knew each other, and it's unlikely that we ever would have met, but happy birthday to you.
AMM
April 8, 2016
Another successful Flight 93 benefit show last nite. Hope I continue to make you proud D Much love Xoxox
Greg Keiling
September 13, 2015
Debby,

You know that you and Deora are in my prayers always, not just 9-11.
Dave Larson
September 11, 2015
I remember the tiny baby girl at birth and the love and happiness of her parents. Deborah
my prayers are with you and the memories of a lovely daughter. Email [email protected]
856 258-4838
Hurley Alderman
September 11, 2015
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
lorraine&billy bobczyk
April 29, 2015
Your light will always shine in my heart.
Stephen Maize
December 15, 2014
Hey Deora...another anniversary down...you continue to inspire me in so many ways. Hope to make you proud at my show tomorrow nite. We will be partying and rocking in your honor :0) - gdogg \w/
Greg Keiling
September 12, 2014
God bless you and your family.... I am sure this anniversary brings many memories......
Connie Drake
September 12, 2014
Thinking of you today...
September 11, 2014
Our love and prayers are with your family. Debbie, we think of you and your daughter often.
September 11, 2014
I am so sorry about your loss
September 11, 2014
Peace be with her soul.
IKE Green
September 11, 2014
May you Rest in Peace. God be with you.
Paola Panelli
August 19, 2014
I walked a mile for you (mile #306) on 5/27/14 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
May 30, 2014
RIP, Deora.
AMM
May 13, 2014
Happy Birthday sweet angel. I am blessed to know and love your Mom. With love, Linnea
Linnea March
April 9, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEORA
Derek
April 9, 2014
Happy birthday, Deora! Made a slightly belated donation to the memorial in remembrance.
Chris Nunnally
April 9, 2014
Happy Birthday Deora
Mason McNulty
April 9, 2014
God bless you and yours on your birthday, Deora. I feel I know you through your mother's sharing.
Martha Cusimano
April 9, 2014
I love you more and more everyday; you have been am example and an inspiration to how life should be lived and the importance of relationships. I miss you soooooo much, but it makes me so happy to hear Riley when I ask her her full name she says Riley Deora Dahl.... Love it!
Aly Dahl
April 8, 2014
Happy Birthday Deora. Greg is so special to me therefore so are you. God rest your soul.
April 8, 2014
Happy Birthday Deora!
"peace"
Grant
April 8, 2014
Happy Birthday Deora. I feel like I know you thanks to our friend Greg . Wish I could have met you. Wish more your life wasn't tragically cut short. Many many people are celebrating your life today.
kimberly miller
April 8, 2014
Much love, Deora, on your birthday. You are loved.

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Alene Edwards
April 8, 2014
Deora, I did not know you but I knew your mom years ago in Landmark and I know that she is an amazing woman. I honor you and your relationship with her. I know your memory will always be a blessing to those that loved you and I wish them comfort in that.
Rachel Parks
April 8, 2014
Happy Birthday, Deora! Your light still shines.
Hillary Bullock Kane
April 8, 2014
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