ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta-area residents gathered Friday, Aug. 10, to remember the life of Kate Crockett, a Milton High School graduate who lost her battle with cancer Aug. 3.
Kate was 24 years old. Those who knew and loved Kate describe her as a vibrant, beautiful soul whose bright smile and enthusiasm affected everyone around her.
Known for her caring nature and witty sense of humor, Kate made loyal friends wherever she went.
Her parents, Gayley and A.G. Crockett, are both well known in the local community, each having taught in Fulton County schools for 30 years. A.G. coached girls’ basketball at Roswell High School, while Gayley taught world history at Milton High School.
After graduating from Milton, Kate headed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in English and art history.
Diploma in hand, she headed to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a book editor in the Big Apple. She was working as a literary assistant at Trident Media Group on Madison Avenue when she was diagnosed with Type B non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Gayley immediately retired from teaching and left Alpharetta to move into Kate’s tiny New York apartment, never leaving her daughter’s side during 18 long months of aggressive chemotherapy and other treatments.
Friends, neighbors and co-workers from the Alpharetta area rallied to support the Crockett family, sending a steady stream of cards and care packages along with donations of cash and Sky Miles, which allowed A.G. and Kate’s brother John to visit New York regularly.
Longtime family friend Cindy Smith collected and mailed “Daily Countdown Envelopes” to fill the 15 difficult days between each chemotherapy treatment. Each day, Kate opened an envelope from a different friend or relative, containing a note, photos or small gifts such as bags of peppermint tea, which eased Kate’s nausea, or bottles of bubbles to blow in Central Park on days when she felt strong enough to venture out.
Smith instructed Kate to “think of each envelope as a hug from those of us back home who are cheering you on and counting the days with you.”
Six of Kate’s closest friends from Milton High showed their support by getting matching “Kate” tattoos and traveling to visit her whenever they could. Two of them were with her when she passed away.
Kate, who remained good-natured and loving until the very end, will be greatly missed by those who gather at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church to honor her bright spirit and remember her brief but remarkable life.
The memorial service was held at 4 p.m. at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Georgia, 3715 Northside Parkway, Building 400, Northcreek Suite 300, Atlanta, Ga. 30327.