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Brenda Kegler

“She does not like airplanes,” Bing said. “She could hear them flying overhead from her office at the Pentagon. That’s why this is all so strange. She was always worried about a plane going down.” 

It is “the ultimate irony,” her husband, Bing, said, that she is listed as missing because of a plane crash that occurred as she sat at her desk. 

Kegler, 49, had worked at the Pentagon for 30 years, most recently as a budget analyst for the Army, her husband said. She loved her job and enjoyed the company of co-workers, Carrie Blagburn and Samantha Allen, so much that even after her husband retired and moved to Florida, she stayed on at her job and Capitol Heights home. 

“We were talking about her retiring and moving down to Florida with me,” said Bing Kegler, 63. “She was younger and loved her job, so it was harder for her to retire. But we were making plans. She was excited about us being together again, and so was I.” 

Kegler, the mother of two grown daughters and a grandson, loved to spend time with family and friends. They would play bid whist at parties where friends gathered over cards until the wee hours, Bing Kegler said. 

She and Blagburn, 48, also a budget analyst lost together in the attack on the Pentagon, shopped together and swapped stories about their family’s exploits, news events and religion, acquaintances said. 

“Every payday, Brenda came over here so Carrie could do her hair,” Blagburn’s husband, Leo, said. “They would sit back there and laugh and talk and have a good time. They were very close."
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