I knew Cindy. She was my friend. Not just in business but also socially. Cindy Tate was a beautiful woman, inside and out. When I think about her I see her smiling – and those blue eyes – Wow!
In a social setting Cindy and I always had good conversations that would lead to many laughs as the evening progressed. She had a real zeal for life. Cindy was a happy person, who loved her family. She married her high school sweetheart and remains married to him today. Her kids, Blake and Lea, were everything to her. I can’t tell you how many sporting games she attended on her children’s behalf. She loved being a Mom first and foremost.
Our daughters attend the same University, so often we would talk about them. I know this first year that Lea was gone at college was difficult for Cindy, emotionally. As it is for any parent when they are close to their child. However, Cindy had friends, some since her childhood days, and she had an extended family having grown up in Lake Stevens. I know she tried to fill her time with her friends and family. In addition she had her career, a banking career that lasted 31 years!
I don’t remember when I first met Cindy but I believe it was at the downtown Lk. Stevens Olympic Bank branch, sometime in the mid 1980’s. (Olympic Bank became First Interstate Bank and than Wells Fargo Bank.) Cindy was a hard worker and a darn good banker. She had a way with people. By treating everyone with respect and kindness she worked her way up the ladder. Her personality was very likable and sincere. It didn’t seem to matter if you had $25 in your backing acct. or a million. Cindy was good with people and people liked her.
One of my early memories of Cindy was during Aquafest. She and Cliff Chafee, (LSHS Math Instructor and Long-Dist. Running Coach), were heading up the 5K and 10K Aquafest Run. I think Cindy may have participated in the race. After which I began seeing Cindy at many community events. She was someone who got involved in her community. We worked together in 2000 –2001 on the LS Chamber of Commerce Board. We were both on the Chamber’s annual auction committee, in which Cindy even opened her home so we could organize donations and put many beautiful baskets together. She was always willing to help where she could.
I was shocked to learn of her drowning last Sat. night, (7/11). Knowing how athletic Cindy was -why she could certainly swim! As I write this I don’t know all the specifics, aside that her body was found in the boat. And for now that’s okay. Because as I write this I’m telling how Cindy Tate’s life touched mine. And many others, I’m sure. This is not about how she died, but rather how she lived.
My heart goes out to her family and her close friends, Drew Miller, Julie Lowry and Donnette Bergman. Our community has suffered a great loss.
I just can’t believe you’re gone, Cindy. I will miss you.