On this solemn day of remembrance, I am honored to memorialize Mrs. Yvette Anderson of New York, NY, who worked at the NY State Department of Taxation and Finance as a Keyboard Specialist. Her office was in the World Trade Center's North Tower on the 87th floor. She was at work on 9/11/01, and like so many others, left this world for the next on that day. May she live forever, safe and radiantly happy, in the arms of her G*d.
Orphaned at the age of 15, she learned to be self reliant and hard working, values she left as her legacy to family and friends. Many folks would have become humorless and dour during a life of striving, but not Yvette. Her picture perfectly illustrates her joie d'vivre.
She demonstrated her work ethic by holding two jobs (weekends, waitressing at a soul food restaurant; weekdays, Keyboard Specialist at the Tower), AND working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Restaurant & Hotel Management. She dreamed of opening a restaurant of her own, specializing in good ol’ Southern comfort foods.
She was only 53 when terrorists murdered her, but had already accomplished much in her life. She raised children, tended to the elderly, and took joyous part in the vibrant life of the White Rock Baptist Church, in praise, song, dance—and food! She nourished many of the flock in body and soul.
We remember her in prayer, and are thankful for her life as a G*dly representative here on earth, for the positive role she played in the lives of many. Her life had meaning, and we can still profit by her lessons.
Thank you, Yvette, for being one of us. Your time here was far too short, but so very well spent. You and those you left behind are never far from our thoughts, and we continue to pray for healing and well-being for all who miss you.