Edwards Memorial & Hospital Fund
Donations are being accepted to help cover some of the costs of services for both Kate and Irene as well as to try to pay for some of Rick's skyrocketing medical bills. Additonally, your support will go towards covering some of the immense financial impact on those affected most.
Any size donation will help. Please keep her family and myself in your hearts, minds, and prayers.
Two months later. After last Saturday's NorCal memorial, I was eagerly anticipating a bit of a lull in the drama department... But today I went to clean her office. Loved seeing that side of her and chatting with all of her co-workers, but regardless I'm still looking forward to a day when things get a bit easier. Where is that stupid Staples' easy button when you really need it?
Remember to hold the ones you love a little bit closer...
And try not to wear ridiculous Thanksgiving bowties (the only thing I will ever regret about that day).
This amazing video was created by my coworkers/friends/family at Soapbox Films for viewing at The Celebration of Life for my darling Kate Edwards and my mother in law to be, Irene Edwards.
Where do I begin? I was so happy to finally have a cousin when Kate was born. I'm the oldest of all of the grandchildren and Kate's arrival was like a baby sister. Over the years we grew closer and closer until it really felt like she was my sister. We shared so much of our lives with each other, we traveled together, we dreamed together, we have cried together. Kate will never leave my heart or my soul. Losing her is something I just can't make sense of. Please fly close to me Kate until I am ok.
I remember Kate and I playing as kids and she pointed to my legs asking "Why do your legs touch?" I ran home crying. She came up to my door asking my mom "Can Kristi not play anymore?" She had no idea why that would upset me. I say this completely smiling because that was who Kate was. She was blunt and honest. She didn't get how people could get upset at the truth. She wasn't afraid of who she was or if you didn't like it. That's what drew me and everyone else to her. She was a no bullshit kind of a girl.
I've know Kate since I was 3 years old and we moved to Wood Ranch in 1988. She and my sister Kristi became instant best friends. I'll never forget trying to tag a long with my sister while she went over to Kate's to play. I was a bit too young to not be a bother back then, but all I ever wanted to do was be with them. Sometimes they would tolerate me but mostly it ended up being a lot of, "Lori don't touch that, Lori don't pull my cats tail," till eventually they would lure me outside to play and I would discover it was just a ploy to get me to go home. It usually worked. LOL. We have so many fond memories together, the three of us growing up including Clayton when he became a bit older and was able to hold his own. Over the years Kate has become a second sister to me. She was at every birthday, and big event in my older sister Kristi's life. Including my birthdays from time to time. I'll never forget my 24th birthday I decided to go to Magic Castle and I wanted Kate and my sister to tag a long because I invited a guy we had all met together earlier that year. Kate was always a straight shooter and I knew she would tell me whether he'd be a good match. (I had terrible taste in men during that time and desperately needed her and my sister's guidance.) Sure enough an hour into being at the Castle Kate pulls me aside and flat out says, "NO Lori, there is no way you are dating this guy," my sister chimed in, "he's embarrassing!" I will never forget that night. The next day I took their advice and never spoke to him again. That was Kate, always there for me in those times. Of course there have been many other guys since then she didn't approve of but that birthday really stood out. Her and my sister were always my support system. The last impact full moments I had with Kate since then were when my niece was born last year, and I gave her an hour by hour update leading up to her birth and then the year before during my sisters bachelorette and wedding weekend when she was the maid of honor. We had the best time and she still made sure I got to share the title with her. Especially since she knew I'd rival her at the speech (it was sort of my thing). JK! But Kate definitely shared funnier memories that night especially since she knows all my sisters secrets. I cannot fathom now that Kate will never get to be at my future wedding. I cannot fathom that she will never get to see what an amazing man I finally met. I know she would be so proud of me as she taught me so much in the realm of love and relationships. I can only hope she is looking down on me today and knows how much she will be missed when that day comes. Kate and I were the kind of friends that didn't need to talk everyday, kind of like family ;). But honestly while she was closest with my sister I knew I could always go to her for advice or to get her to force my sister to call me back ;). She was good like that. I am so thankful to have had someone like Kate in my life and I feel so thankful that my sister got to call her a best friend. Kate impacted so many others and as I sit her writing this, trying to think of something profound to say about life and loss all I can come up with is how unfair it is that she and her mom were taken so soon. I can't wrap my head around it and keep thinking if I just text her she will respond. Clayton, Dave, Rick and Christina in addition to the entire Edwards family I am so so very sorry. There hasn't been a day that has gone by since this tragedy that I have not thought about Kate and Irene and all of you. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Kristi and I for anything. We are here and we love you. xoxo Lori Kilmartin
There are no words that I can type out to explain how beautiful of a person Kate was inside and out. I had the pleasure of being her student for two years, and I have never learned more from a teacher or an individual than how I did from Kate. The thing with Kate was that she wasn't a teacher who just have me an assignment and graded my papers, she went the extra mile and got to know each and everyone of her students on a personal level. Kate taught me life skills that I will continue to carry out for the rest of my life. Whenever I was having a tough day or just needing to talk to someone, Kate was always there to listen and give me advice. Although I never had the opportunity to meet Kate's mother, however from the way Kate acted and cared from others could only mean that her mother was just as amazing. I send my prayers out to the entire Edwards family. Kate, you will forever have a big place in my heart. I'm jealous of the angles up there for gaining such a beautiful soul. I love you Kate.
I just realized I made a few mistakes in the book that I just wrote. Hope it all made sense because I'm talking into my phone and shaking as well, only about two hours asleep since we got here on Saturday, very good at these things and I don't handle the tragedies go on very well either but it is what it is. Thanks again
I just want to thank everyone for your generosity and thoughts and prayers. This is amazing you guys are so special. My brother Rick appreciate so much I don't know how we are going to get him through this or ourselves actually. This is a very sad time in my family. I love that I read and Kate so much they were the heart of this family. My heart is in pieces so broken yesterday was supposed to be such a special celebration for Clayton and our family. Still in so much shock is going on don't understand and we don't know why this had to happen. I pray with everything that I have it we could pull my brother Rick through this and his body can heal and get better and then we can healers broken heart in time I ran was such a special person in my life we talked probably every other day for the last 40 something years. Kate and my daughter Krista were only 10 months apart we had so much fun with them when they were babies. I will forever miss them and love them and hold them deep into my heart and remember all the good times we had. Holidays were so special to all of us as my family was huge and there wasn't a holiday that went by that we really didn't see each other I remember my last conversation with Irene on Friday but she was so excited as Clayton was so excited for us to come to Austin to celebrate this wedding she said Tammy we have a busy weekend celebration dinner Saturday night, wedding on Sunday and she was so excited to see her son get married it's Kate was to see your brother get married and she says tell me the resort is giving a nice brunch for Clay on Monday as I said outside 515 Monday morning I need to sleep thinking praying asking God why just can't wrap my head around it. Thanks everyone so very very much for the bottom of my heart for my family and my brother Rick for my nephew play we are so grateful to see all the special people and Irene's cake plate my friends also and my brother Rick special people in our lives. I know this is a book that I'm writing and I'm sorry for that I just guess I just needed to talk. RIP Irene and Kate you will forever be in our hearts love you all...
Love that photo of Kate and Clay. Can't help but notice Lori and I in the background. She did love her crimped hair.
My heart is just broken for this amazing family. My son Kevin played baseball with Clayton for many years. I spent many days at various baseball fields with Irene and Rick. Sending love and prayers for recovery for Rick and for healing for the family.