Kate and I spent 12 years together attending school, riding the bus, and being neighbors during our early years. Our stops were at the end of the line so my time with Kate, and her family, was more than most. I remember Kate as always being very pleasant and kind to others. She kept to herself and did not get involved with the all-to-often bus conflicts that seemed to captivate the attention of many. I always valued her friendship and appreciated her congenial personality. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.