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05/01/2006

CeeCee Lyles
United Airlines Flight 93 Flight Attendant

CeeCee Lyles, 33, of Fort Myers, Fla., was a United Airlines flight attendant who perished on Flight 93, leaves behind a husband, Lorne, 31, and four children. Friends say Lyles was very likable, loved talking and enjoyed people.

A police officer in her hometown of Fort Pierce, Fla., before taking to the skies as a United flight attendant, CeeCee Lyles “liked dealing with people, and always wanted to travel,” recalls her husband, Lorne, a Fort Myers, Fla., patrol officer who also grew up in Fort Pierce.

The couple met at work and married in May 2000, each bringing two sons to the new family. “We were going to renew our vows next year,” Lyles says. “When she was gone, it was like she was here, with our cell phones glued to our heads.”

It was that cell phone that CeeCee Lyles, 33, used to call her husband one last time while on United Flight 93, which was hijacked Sept. 11 and crashed in western Pennsylvania. At first Lyles thought she was joking when she told him the plane had been hijacked. Then he knew she wasn’t. She affirmed her love for him and the boys.

The flight attendant's husband, Lorne Lyles, 31, is a police officer in Fort Myers, Fla. It was the second marriage for both; together, they had four children.

The Lyles previously lived in Fort Pierce, Fla., where both worked for the Fort Pierce Police Department, said Jessica Williams, who knows the family.

CeeCee Lyles, 33, had two sons, 6 and 16, who would play basketball with Williams' son. "She was a very likable person, real easy to get along with," Williams said. "She loved talking. She just enjoyed people."

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