|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1985|
|Death: ||Feb., 2004|
*To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have love and lost*
Rachel Allison Cate, 18, of Nashville died at 8 a.m. Feb. 7, 2004, on Interstate 65 near Upton from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.She was a 2003 graduate of John Overton High School and a freshman at Western Kentucky University, majoring in special education. She was a daughter of David and Leigh Ann Cate, who survive.Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Crievewood United Methodist Church, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory chapel, and will begin after 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Crievewood United Methodist Church or the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, 111 Wilson Blvd. North, Nashville TN 37205.Other survivors include three brothers, Chris, Josh and Zach Cate; her maternal grandparents, Joe and Linda Nicholson; her paternal grandparents, Wilbur and Gail Cate; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Rachel Cate wouldn't have missed the night of glamour, fashion and fame.
But tragedy struck the day before.
The Nashville freshman was one of three Phi Mu sorority members killed in a car wreck on Saturday.
Those closest to Rachel Cate remember her outgoing personality, sense of humor and love for family and friends.
"She was obsessed with award shows," said her cousin, Amy Cate, 22, of Nashville.
David Cate, Rachel's father, was playing with his two younger sons when he got the call from the coroner at about 11 a.m.
He spoke softly about his daughter who was like a second mother to her 2, 3 and 15-year-old brothers.
Rachel Cate was an education major at Western and wanted to teach elementary school. But she'd also considered teaching special education.
She loved children, Amy Cate said.
Rachel Cate also held several class officer positions and was a manager for the baseball team at John Overton High School.
She acted in several theater performances.
Rachel Cate was excited about attending Western and joining Phi Mu sorority.
"She was very excited about being in a sorority," friend Jim Bryan of Nashville said.
David Cate said all of Rachel Cate's best friends from high school went to different colleges and she was homesick her first semester.
She eventually settled, he said. The number of trips home decreased her second semester.
David Cate said he will miss the constant flow of friends his daughter brought home.
"She's always been bubbly and talkative and just enjoyed having a group of people around her," he said.
* The funeral is at 1 p.m. today at the Crievewood United Methodist Church in Nashville. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the beginning of the funeral at Hickory Chapel in Nashville.
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Record added: May 25, 2007
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