07-29-2008 - A Tribute To Barbara Jean Arestegui - Class of 1980 From Legacy.com - October 25, 2001
I'm Barbara's oldest sister, Sharon. I would like to offer my sincerest "Thank You" to the kind people who remembered my beautiful sister. I suspect that many of you were friends of hers, both on the ground as well as in the air. She would be both happy and embarrassed at the tributes being paid to her now. But nonetheless, it fills my family's hearts with happiness and pride that she is remembered in such a loving way!
As those of you who knew her, Bobbi loved her job and was extremely proud of her many accomplishments. Even when she was a little girl, one of her favorite pastimes was playing with her Barbie dolls and the "Barbie Dreamship." For those of you who remember those old days, it was a toy replica of an airline cockpit. She would play for hours living vicariously through her Barbie as a flight attendant. So you see, even then, she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up!
When she fulfilled her dream, the first hub assigned to her was New York City. And I share with my sister, the love of your fabulous city. The people! The energy! May you know the world is tremendously proud of your strength, dedication and spirit to endure and show that you will never be beat! The zest and the love Bobbi had for life was exhilarating and she still had so much more she wanted to do! It's still so hard to imagine that she's really gone.
I wish you all a long, happy and peaceful life. May you remember to cherish each day given to you. Be sympathetic and compassionate (and teach sympathy and compassion to your children) to those who are different than yourself. Remember, we all share this world together.
Thank you for reading this tribute to a remarkable human being. And to the other family members who lost loved ones, I understand your loss and deeply feel your grief. Rest assured that they are watching over us forever. Live your life with dignity, love and courage. And may God bless you and your home.
September 11th Memorial Barbara Jean "Bobbi" Arestegui, Age 38 Flight Attendant, American Airlines Flight 11