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Age
23
Community
Pelham
Company
Cantor Fitzgerald
Position
Broker's assistant
Where Died
World Trade Center
Amy O'Doherty

On the altar where Amy O'Doherty would have been maid of honor this past June, a candle glowed in her absence.

It was her family's way of honoring her memory at her sister's wedding, without letting grief overwhelm the joy.

"That's how we've been managing things with everything we do," said O'Doherty's mother, Geraldine Davie. "We say, 'What part is Amy going to play in this?' "

In September 2001, O'Doherty was just venturing into the professional world, living in her first Manhattan apartment at 23.

Flowers arrived regularly at Davie's Pelham home afterward as messages of comfort. Ten years later, it's as if they continue to bloom. Donations in lieu of flowers were set aside for the Barnard School in New Rochelle, where Davie taught, and the gifts paid for a greenhouse in Amy's memory.

"Amy's Greenhouse" is a powerful symbol to the children. "They are surrounded by so much that is detrimental to their little spirits," Davie said. "And I hope that this is a place where their spirits can grow, along with the seeds that they plant."

Davie, who moved to Virginia to be near her older daughter, Maura Lee, will return to Ground Zero for the anniversary. And she will continue visiting the greenhouse that, she feels, has "extended Amy's life here on earth."

- Leah Rae
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