Vicki Yancey
Vicki Yancey was on her way to Reno for a business conference but hadn't planned to be on Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on Tuesday.

Yancey, a former naval electronics technician, worked for a defense contracting company and had planned to leave Washington earlier, but ticketing problems delayed her departure, her husband, David, told the Washington Post. She called her husband 10 minutes before the flight boarded, to tell him that she got a seat on the plane.

Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

Vicki Yancey, 43, mom who loved politics Vicki Costanzo Yancey loved politics; it says so on her Web site. And she loved her family, figure skating, her four cats and making a difference.

Mrs. Yancey, 43, who grew up in New Jersey, was a typical middle-class mother of two, according to her husband, David -- but a mom who testified before the Senate Finance Committee, who once gave CNN's "Quote of the Day" and who was involved in activities from her daughters' schools to national politics.

An electronics technician and Navy veteran who lived in Springfield, Va., she died on Sept. 11 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

"I think she was the epitome of a middle-class woman who loved her kids, loved politics and loved life," David Yancey said. "She cared for all human beings."

Mrs. Yancey's life took her from New Jersey to Hawaii -- where she met and married her husband -- to Capitol Hill.

Her Senate appearance, which she called on her Web site "the most interesting thing I have ever done," came in 1991 after she wrote to the Washington Post lamenting the loss of the one-income family.

She was asked to speak at a tax reform hearing about the struggles of the middle-class family. She delivered the CNN "Quote of the Day," led the Headline News, and was profiled by CNN and PBS.

Her quote: "Diving deeply into debt in our middle age is a very unappealing possibility."

"She referred to that as her 15 minutes of fame," her husband said.

She created her own Web site after that, filling it with photos and commentary on her many passions: daughters Michelle, 18, and Carolyn, 15; figure skating, which she loved to watch; travel, and politics.

"She was a good American citizen," said her father, Salvatore Costanzo of Hamilton Township.

Born in Kearny, Mrs. Yancey lived there until age 15, when her family moved to Hillsborough. She graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1974.

At 22, she joined the Navy, becoming an electronics technician. She served for six years, four at Pearl Harbor. She and her husband married in Honolulu, where their first daughter was born.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Yancey worked as a Department of Defense contractor with Vrendenburg Co. in Washington, D.C. She was en route to a conference in Reno, Nev. She was supposed to take an earlier flight but had to switch because of ticketing problems.

"It breaks my heart that she left before any of us got up. We said our goodbyes the night before," her husband said. Their last conversation was before takeoff, when they said "I love you," and he wished her a safe trip.

One thing David Yancey said his wife would not want now is for her death to cause any abuse to Arab-Americans.

"That's not how she lived her life and that's not what she wants," he said.

In addition to her husband, daughters and father, Mrs. Yancey is survived by a sister, Gloria Snekszer of Acworth, Ga.; three brothers, Ronald of Edison, Raymond and Richard, both of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services with military honors were held at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Springfield.

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Published by The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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Vicki, 19 years have passed. I finally retired last year. Do hope your Husband and Children are doing well. We all miss you.
Bob Schultz
September 11, 2020
We send our deep sympathy. May God give the help needed with each new day. Vicki is still missed and is remembered lovingly.
The Kindred Family
February 3, 2020
May Vicki find peace & joy...
Alex lai
December 20, 2019
I never met Vicki, or simply Yancey, as we knew her on the Time Politics message board, but I always enjoyed her posts. She was funny and smart and wanted only the best for our country.

I remember how proud she was that she got on CSPAN once.
Ray Wulfe
September 11, 2019
17 years have passed and many of us still remember and miss you. I am still working with the Marines at Quantico. Hope your Family is well. Miss you!
Bob Schultz
September 11, 2018
Vicki, 16 years have passed since that fateful day. I am still working, except now I am with the Marine Corps in Quantico; the commute to the Navy Yard was to much. Do hope your Husband & Children are fine...many of us miss you!


Bob Schultz
Spotsylvania, VA
September 11, 2017
I visited here today, I'm from CA, my nephew works here. I sat in the shade because it was very warm. I sat with Vickey Yancey. I looked up her name to see her story. I am very sorry for your loss, may the light of this candle shine in her memory.
Judy Lewis
May 25, 2017
At the fifteen year anniversary of this tragic day, I still hold dear my memory of Vicki and her cheerful bubbly smile. She was the heart of our Navy mine warfare team and her loss left a hole in our team. My prayers continue for her family as I picture her still watching over them. Always remember, always be inspired to build up the broken, lift up the downtrodden, as our Savior Jesus Christ showed us.
Jim Bloodsworth
September 11, 2016
15 years .. Vicki, please know that we will never forget you. To your family and friends, my prayers are with you. Much Regards.
September 10, 2016
Vicki, 15 years have gone by and it does not get any easier coming up with the words to say. Hope all is well with your Family and you are sorely missed.

Bob Schultz
Spotsylvania, VA
Bob Schultz
September 9, 2016
Vicki, Gone too soon. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends. I was honored to meet you at work. You were always smiling.
Loretta Pfahlert
September 7, 2016
As the father of two daughters, I am always touched when I read about girls who lose a parent too early in life. I pray today for Vicki's family and for her friends. Time has marched on, but we will never forget that horrible day when so many innocent lives were lost in such a horrible act. May God bless each of you in a special way as we honor Vicki's legacy by being very active in bettering this world. With much love from Texas,
Del Newberry
February 2, 2016
On this fourteenth anniversary of the attack upon America, I hope the Yancey Family has found peace in their lives and will always remember Vicki as an American Hero. We worked together in Washington. God Bless You! - See more at:
Bob Schultz
September 11, 2015
Forever Remembered
August 26, 2015
Forever Remembered
Dennis Yancey
August 26, 2015
Another year gone, we still miss your wit and wisdom "Yancey."
Eileen aka cajun
September 12, 2014
I remember Yance fondly every year. She was a wonderful person whom I only knew online.
September 11, 2014
In the beginning of 2014, I took a trip with my family to the 9/11 Memorial to show my out of state relative the heart of NYC. While I personally did not have a direct family connection to any of the names so delicately inscribed into the memorial, I connect in the ways of my friends and acquaintances who did lose a loved one on that day.
Before I had entered school that day, September 11th was always just the day before my birthday. But we can all remember exactly where we were on that day in 2001. I was with my 5th grade class sitting in the library. Our library teacher had the television on while we sat on the floor, not having any idea what we were watching. Our teachers then described, as gently as they could, what had happened as my our parents came and scooped us from class one by one.
I share my story and remembrance because you have shared yours. When I was at the memorial earlier this year, I snapped some quick iPhone photos. We took some of ourselves with the scenery behind and we took some of the names and breathtaking view into the deep continually flowing fountain. Where we happened to be standing there was a white rose with its short stem secured into one of the divots of a name. The rose caught my attention and i made it a point to include it in my iPhone photos that would most likely only make their debut on Facebook or Instagram.
Today, I woke up to a newsfeed full of photos and decided to pull out the photos I had taken that day and post one in remembrance. I posted the photo and then it occurred to me to look back and read the names again. Vicki Yancey. I googled her. A jersey girl like myself, a hardworking and “epitome of a middle-class woman who loved her kids,” like my mother. I thought, why not share the photo I posted today with the family of the brilliant, inspiring woman who lost her life on such a tragic day. I wanted you to know that she is not forgotten. I am touched by her story and by the genuine mark she seems to have made in this world. As I read through the Star Ledger article about her, I was impressed and humbled, line by line. And as I read further through articles and tributes, I happened to read of another kind heart who happened to connect with Vicki as they passed her name at another memorial, with what seems to be another white rose in the area of Vicki's bench. While some could say this is a coincidence, I see this as a mark that Vicki has made even 13 years later. Vicki, you caught my attention and it has been my pleasure to read your story. I share my photo with you with the hopes that you look at it and read my story. Vicki is remembered and is in my thoughts today.

Christina Mariconda
Pompton Lakes NJ
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Christina Mariconda
September 11, 2014
13 years ago you left us; hope all is well with your Family; we miss you Vicki.


Bob Schultz
Spotsylvania, VA
September 11, 2014
Carolyn M
December 15, 2013
Thinking of you once again, Vicki...
September 13, 2013

Another year has passed...I think of you on this date and hope all is well with your Family and Loved ones.


Bob Schultz
Spotsylvania, VA
September 12, 2013
To The Family,
In reading the obitituary one can clearly understand that Ms. Vicki Yancey was an outstanding woman. I never had the pleasure of meeting her but, I would like to extend my deepest thoughts of sympathy to you. 9/11 will never be forgotten.

Mr. Terry of NC
December 26, 2012
Your online friends have never forgotten you, Vicki. We still miss you....

Eileen Besse aka "cajun"
September 13, 2012

Eleven years have passed since we lost you; working in the PEO Mine Warfare was, I know, a job you really enjoyed; your working relationship with Walter Lawton was also special. I think of you often.


Bob Schultz
Spotsylvania, VA
September 12, 2012
I can't believe it's been 10 years. Vicky was my husband's cousin, and though I only met her a few times, she was the coolest, smartest lady, and I was very priveledged to have had a few long, inspiring chats with her. I wish the family all kept in touch after her funeral. We see her dad now and then, and he's also the easiest, nicest guy to talk to. He's so proud of you, Vicki. We all are. All my love to David & the girls, Sarah
Sarah Costanzo
September 11, 2011
Vicki, the Seals got him. The President and his staff helped us feel a litle better about it all now, nearly ten years later. Vicki ("Yancy" online), may you rest better now.

--Eileen Besse (aka "cajun")

~ Eileen Besse, Altoona, Florida
May 8, 2011
To the family of Vicki Yancey:
Vicki gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
September 8, 2009
It is a day I will never forget. I did not know Vicki but as I watched that day I felt a pain that is still with me today. Until I close my eyes for the last time I will remember.
LTC Bettie Evans
March 5, 2009
I just found out it was Vicki, my cousin, on that plane. I am sorry and wish I could contact the Costanzo family. I loved Vicki and looked forward to every time I could see her.
Kimberly Myles Howcroft
Kimberly Myles-Howcroft
October 10, 2008
Dear Yancey family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I think about your loved one all of the time. I was a soldier stationed at Fort McNair on 9/11 and was part of the rescue and recovery efforts at the pentagon for the 4 weeks to follow. I would like to get in contact with someone in Vicki's immediate family. Please pass my name and email address along. It has bothered me since 9/11 that I havent contacted anyone sooner. Take care and hope to speak to someone soon.
James Ganley [email protected]
James Ganley
August 4, 2008
In memory....
P Tabbernor
July 19, 2007
I used to time swim races with Vicki at our neighborhood pool for the local swim team, and our daughters swam for the same club in the winter. David, I still think of Vicki all the time, and hope you and the girls find some comfort in all your grief. You are all in my prayers.
Bonnie Weissman
September 13, 2006
Vicki was my cousin. I didn't know her much at all, but I know she was a wonderful daughter, wife and mother. I am deeply touched and think of her and her family often.
Taryn Salinas
September 11, 2006
I knew David in the Navy and never met his wonderful wife. My heart and my family's sympathy goes out to his family.
Joel Christoe
September 11, 2006
On this fifth anniversary of the attack upon America, I hope the Yancey Family has found peace in their lives and will always remember Vicki as an American Hero. We worked together in Washington. God Bless You!
Bob Schultz
September 11, 2006
reading through these profiles.. it was an odd thing. these were real peoples' lives and faces. it was hard to imagine that these people were once alive, in a plane about to crash. but i'm sure to their families, they can't believe that they are no longer alive.
i send my sympathy. may God bless vicki and her family and friends..
September 11, 2006
Brooke again just wanted to say im sorry and that my family has put up a 9/11 memorial by the busy street of my house we care and im so so so sorry for your loss feel free to email me
brooke brebrick
September 11, 2006
hi my name is brooke brebrick of southern california i ad to use vicki yancey for a 9/11 remembrance essay and i feel great sympathy for all her family has gone through. i can tell from this heartfelt discription she really cared for the commen person and that her legacy shall be remembered some people may say this memory may not have touched them by this deep tradegy but i felt it was a moment in U.S. history never to be forgoten i have gone to New York and saw the twin towers spot of destruction and how big of an impact it was for still today people mourn the deaaths of there loved ones still there.

sincerely with sympathy,
Brooke Brebrick age 14
brooke brebrick
September 10, 2006
I am very sorry to hear that such a wonderful person died. I give Vicky's family my deepest sympathies.
Eman Suleiman
September 8, 2006
I never knew until today that someone with our family name had been taken on that horrible day. May God bless your whole family. Our thoughts are with you.
David Yancey
January 5, 2006
I enjoyed Vicki's enthusiam and quiet humor on the Time.Com board where I first met her. She made politics fun, and I will never forget her as having known her gives me more of a sense of the depth of this horrible crime that took her and so many other's lives.

Miss you Yancy (her nickname online) and thank you for being there.
Mike McCarthy
October 1, 2004
I remember "Yancey," as she was called, on the Time Magazine discussion boards. She was an informed and eloquent voice of moderation, and I always enjoyed corresponding with her. I was shocked to learn of her death.
Ron Sering
March 5, 2004
I just happened to be looking through this site today and came accross Mrs. Yancey's tribute. I myself am interested in politics and the constant mention of it throughout her tribute grabbed me. Also, what a great quote on CNN.
Wow... we have been praying for everyone and this will not be forgotten.
Sheri Valera
September 17, 2003
On the two year anniversary of 9/11, I couldn't help but think of your mom, Carolyn. Nothing like this has ever happened to me, but because I knew you, I felt more anger in me because it happened to you, someone I didn't know very well but nonetheless I felt pain in my heart. There are no words anyone can say about the loss of a persons life that will make it all better. All I can say is God Bless your family and all the families of the victims of 9-11. Your mom, Vicki, will always be in my prayers.

God Bless,
Kehau Lunasco
September 11, 2003
September 10, 2003
I worked for Vredenburg during this tradegy. Vicki was loved by many and liked by all who knew her. She was a remarkable person who was full of energy and enjoyed her life. May God keep you and your family.
LaRae Dudley
November 22, 2002
What a terrible thing. They sounded so thrilled to have been to America, where they were indeed proud parents. At least they got to see America, and the great life their daughter has made for herself. I'm sure that they weren't just together in person, they were gushing from ear to ear, with the joy this trip brought them.
Brendan McGarvey
November 2, 2002
May God watch over her family.:)
September 16, 2002
On September 11, 2002, the students of Idaho State University handed out badges with the names of the 911 victims. I was honored to wear Vicki's name for the day and to hold her memory dear. I keep her name affixed to the 911 tribute that is a permanent part of my office. (I am one of the university's deans.)

As I have read more about Vicki, my emotional involvement has grown. My prayers go to Vicki's family and friends. May God grant you peace.

Ranaye Marsh
September 13, 2002
I met Vicki on a message board and got to know her through email. She was so very proud of her daughters and devoted to her family. Vicki was a very special person..............Rest in Peace
Marie Jardina
September 12, 2002
God bless and keep you, Vicki. It has been my pleasure knowing and working with you on our team.
David, you are in my prayers and those of all who knew Vicki. You can take comfort that your family can be whole again for eternity. This life is meant to be short for a reason, although we seldom know why.
God bless you and your daughters to find and hold onto the peace, joy, and happiness God promised us here.
Jim Bloodsworth
September 11, 2002
On May 29, 2002, 1 mile was walked to honor the life of Vicki and all the family, friends and loved ones left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone.

Vicki, you may be gone but will never be forgotten, may you rest in peace.
Kathy Swaringen
May 31, 2002
May 27, 2002
I am very sorry for the death of Vickie.May the Lord be with the family.
heather kelly
April 29, 2002
God Bless you and may you rest in peace forever.
Angie Campbell
April 18, 2002
I just recently found out about the loss of Vicki in the plane crash and I am deeply sorrowed by her loss. It is hard to understand how such things can happen, but even harder to understand when it is someone you know. I was stationed with Vicki and David in Hawaii and remember what a sweet and caring person she was. I want to send my deepest sympathy to her family and hope that you always remember the times you shared together. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Susan Nocera
March 17, 2002
To the Family of Vicki Yancey I want to send my condolences. It has been several months now and the pain of this tragedy is still with us. I am sure that this is still the case with the families that have suffered losses on 911. I just wanted to breifly send some encouraging words to some that are sorrowing. God's word the Bible says that there will be no more pain or sorrowing nor dying. We can read about this in the Bible at Revelation 21:1-5. Once again, I would like to say how sorry I am about the death of your dear Vicki.

Please take comfort from the scriptures and each other.

From a person that cares,
Donna Ludy
February 14, 2002
When your daughter and I started middle school together, we soon became friends in the orchestra. That friendship carried through high school and graduation. When I found out of the family's incredible loss, my heart broke as I'm sure theirs did. I pray for them and have a small dedication to your mom in my dorm room. I love you and am praying for you.
Fallon Shippen
February 4, 2002
I received my Mercy Band today and it has Vicki's name on it. I just wanted her family and friends to know that I will wear it every day in her memory and it will be a constant reminder of not only what they have lost..but a reminder to me to live each day to it's fullest and cherish those I love. God Bless. Letha Ann
Letha Alexander
January 19, 2002
May precious memories of times shared with Vicki lighten the deep sorrow in your hearts. We are very sorry for your great loss. May you always feel the warmth of her love surround you. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
January 12, 2002
I am wearing a "mercy band" with Vicki's name on it. My grandmother gave it to me for Christmas. I will pray every day for Vicki and her family. May Jesus give you and her friends comfort in your loss.
Chrissy Fry
January 3, 2002
I knew Vicki thru a political bulletin board. One of the brightest and thoughtful people who could discuss an issue with maturity and sense.

I know she is missed by her family and friends, but there is also and internet community that misses her. We are the less for her loss.
January 1, 2002
Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with you, and your family. We work with your husband in Navy Shipbuilding, and it has been very difficult... Dave has not gotten past anger, and I am sure with hope and prayers, he will find peace with your memory.

Thank you kindly for letting us share this moment with you...

Your Friends in Maine...God Bless America Always
November 22, 2001
October 1, 2001
Your loved ones must miss you much. America will always remember you. Rest in peace friend.
Proud American
September 24, 2001