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Deora Frances Bodley

She was killed on United Flight 93. She was returning home after visiting friends in New Jersey and Connecticut. Deora Bodley enjoyed helping others, whether it was tutoring children learning to read or tending to orphaned animals. The 20-year-old student at Santa Clara University was returning to San Diego on Tuesday after visiting friends in New Jersey when she boarded United Airlines Flight 93. The plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania as part of a wave of terrorism.

Ms. Bodley was born in San Diego and had attended La Jolla Country Day School. She was about to begin her junior year at the Santa Clara campus. "She was just a bright light," said her mother, Deborah Borza of San Diego, an employee with Copley Information Services in La Jolla.

"She was a kind and generous person. She was fiercely independent and a leader. She was the future of the country." While in San Diego, Ms. Bodley volunteered with the Helen Woodward Animal Center. She also was active in TRACE -- Teens Respond to AIDS with Caring and Education -- a peer education program in which teens talked to fellow high school students about sexually transmitted diseases.

At Santa Clara University, where Ms. Bodley was majoring in psychology and French, she was active in America Reads, in which she helped tutor children in reading at a Santa Clara elementary school. "She made a difference everywhere she went," her mother said.

In addition to her mother, survivors include her father, Derrill Bodley of Stockton; a 10-year-old sister, Murial; her grandparents, Pat and Francis Guerra of Foxfire, N.C.; and a great-grandmother, Jean Guerra of Elyria, Ohio.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Deora Frances Bodley (8 Apr 1981–11 Sep 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15846296, citing Flight 93 National Memorial, Shanksville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .