Catherine Tate

Catherine "Kitty" Tate

Friday, February 29th, 1952 - Friday, July 17th, 2020
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Catherine “Kitty” Crush Tate, age 68, of Crozet, Va., went to be with her Lord on Friday, July 17, 2020.

She was born to Charles Verner Crush, formerly of Fincastle, and Rebecca Trammell Yeatts Crush, formerly of Java, Va. Salem born-and-bred, Kitty grew up, raised her family, and spent early retirement all within a few blocks of Main Street. She was as much a part of Salem as Salem was a part of her. A student of Academy Street and Broad Street Elementary schools, Andrew Lewis High School, and the College of William & Mary, Kitty also earned a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. She was an extremely devoted mother and grandmother, who loved family, music, community, church, and sports. Kitty spent most of her career as a teacher and guidance counselor in the Roanoke County School system. An active member of First United Methodist Church of Salem for over 40 years, she sang in the Sanctuary Choir and played piano for some of the church’s choral groups. Kitty also accompanied the Salem High School Chorale and various Salem High School musical productions. Community service was important to Kitty. As a member of Salem Area Ecumenical Ministries (SAEM), she was instrumental to Ms. Dorsey’s Clothes Closet, the weekend backpack program, and the summer feed & read program.

Kitty is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert “Bob” Tate; her sister, Rebecca Crush Proctor and husband Richard “Rick” of Huntersville, N.C.; daughter, Sarah Tate Lewis and husband Bryan of Crozet, and son, Andrew “Andy” Tate of Richmond; nephew, Christopher “Chris” Clark and wife Christy of Huntersville. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, William and Rebecca Lewis, and Payton and Brady Tate, whom she loved dearly.
In remembrance of her life, a small family gathering will be held in the near future.

To celebrate the love that Kitty brought to those who knew her, a gathering of friends and family will be held when it is safe to do so.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to any local food pantry or clothes closet. The Salem Snack Buddies program ( and the SAEM ministries ( were particularly close to her heart.

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Taylor Tran

Posted at 02:54pm
Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was truly a beautiful person inside and out. I Just remember what a kind and warm person she was when we used to walk to your house after school. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need someone to speak to. Please take care of yourself.

Donna Rymer Wallace

Posted at 02:55pm
To the family of Catherine (Kitty) Leigh Crush Tate:
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Kitty. She was very dear, much loved, and my best friend for many years. I do ask that the Lord will give comfort to all those she left behind. My family Jim, Brandy Leigh, and Kipp join me in sending their condolences and prayers.
Donna Lee Rymer Wallace

Jason Kinzie

Posted at 08:29pm
Mr. Tate and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Kitty was a very special person in my life. Kitty helped me out in so many ways.

Mr. Tate, I was one of your students in the 1987-88 school year at Hidden Valley Jr. I later went to Northside High where Kitty was my guidance counselor.

I grew up in less than ideal conditions. Kitty got an orthodontist friend to donate braces for my teeth. She changed my way of thinking so that I desire to go to college. She helped me with taking the SATs. She assisted me with getting into Virginia Tech for mechanical engineering. She helped me become declared financially independent for financial aid. Without her help in my life, I don't know what I would have become. I was truly blessed to have known her.

I had the opportunity a few years ago to have lunch with Kitty and Sandy Workman (Small) to let them know how blessed I was to have known each of them. She may have shared my story with you, but if she did not, I would love to share it with you. If you would like to hear my story someday, send me a text message so we can connect: (540) 392-9895 Obviously no rush…

Vicki and Mike Akers

Posted at 04:15pm
We are very sorry to hear about Kitty’s passing. She was such a beautiful and loving lady, and she will be missed!💕

Charles G Givens

Posted at 09:54am
Bob - It was a sad loss for the world when we lost Kitty. I was never fortunate enough to know her well; only that she was brilliant and a leader in our high school and I'm sure for her entire life. What a gift she must have been to you. I send my condolences.

It was great to reunite with you at the lake a couple of years back. Perhaps we can do it again soon. Here's my email, I will keep you and your wonderful family in my prayers.

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