Christie Coombs first appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show a few months after she lost her husband. "Jeff was a funny guy. He had a goofy laugh," she says. "First and foremost, though, he was a great dad."
Jeffrey lost his life aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. "At 12:55, we got a call from American Airlines, confirming he'd been on the flight. And then the next thing I had to do was tell my kids Daddy wasn't coming home," Christie says.
After learning of their father's death, Julia, who was 7 years old at the time, made a "daddy hug pillow" using one of his sweatshirts. Her 13-year-old brother, Matthew, coped by saying he wanted to be just like their father.
"I'm really proud of [my dad] because he took care of me and brought me up to be a good person, like him," says Julia and Matthew's sister, Meaghan.