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Lori Ann Tate

On the morning of March 19, 2020, Lori Ann Tate, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, died at the age of 52 as the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, to Betty and Roland Link and relocating to Portland, Oregon soon after. Lori attended Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon where she competed in swimming and cross-country running, before attending University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

A successful career followed in design and technology. Cherished in her early career at Visio leading the design team, Lori continued work in creative, marketing and leadership roles at Microsoft and Pop Media until embracing her new role as mother in 2007.

Lori's passion for art permeated everything she did with a special talent for mixed media and encaustic art. She was an avid interior decorator, designer and collector of art while being a problem-solver, planner and mentor to many.

In 2004, Lori married Byron Tate, and in July 2007, Lori and Byron welcomed the love of both of their lives, their son, Camber. The Tate Family introduced Goose, their silver lab, to the family in 2013.

For the last 12 years, Lori focused on their home, her life-long passion for art, travel, and raising Camber. Family and friends meant everything to Lori. Impromptu and planned gatherings in their home happened frequently, centered around the kitchen (or the backyard pizza oven) where she would spend all day preparing meals with and for the people she loved. Their second home on Whidbey Island acted as another part of her life that she enthusiastically shared with guests as they explored the joys of island living together.

She is survived by her husband, Byron; son, Camber; brothers Peter, John and David; sister Jenny as well as her many adored nieces and nephews.

She had innumerable friends. Words cannot do justice the light, generosity, humor, grace, happiness and endless creativity that poured out of her. She had an unlimited capacity to be kind, inspire, elevate and help those blessed to know her. She taught us, by example, about compassionate honesty, authenticity, true love and joy. The best we can do to honor her is to teach others the same and carry a little of Lori's singular spirit with us daily.

Remembrances can be sent to Hope for Kids https://www.hope4kidsinternational.org/ and Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation (WAIF) Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation (WAIF)
https://waifanimals.org/

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Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2020.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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May 5, 2020
Whidbey Island silliness - with Tina Patel
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April 18, 2020
We are so very sorry to hear of this tragic news. Our condolences to Byron, Camber and Lori's family.

Suzanne and Gordy
(Whidbey neighbors)
April 9, 2020
One day on the arduous rush hour commute from Tops school to our house in West Seattle, I noticed Frankie chuckling to himself. What is making to you laugh out loud to yourself? Frankie said Im just thinking about something funny Camber said today. Grateful for our car conversations, I listened to Frankie describe a truly hilarious situation, and from that day forward I would always ask Frankie what did Camber say today?!
As Frankie and Camber developed one of the most tender and meaningful friendships Ive ever seen two boys have, I got to know Cambers family as well. In a city where people can be slow to warm up, Lori pulled us all together with open arms, always greeting me at the back door (family comes in back) with a hug, and an offer of a Topo Chico, her beloved Mexican mineral water. Lori almost without fail had a soup or pot of something, on the stove, something insanely healthy and usually a new recipe. And just as often a pan of brownies or something decadent and loving. Frankie took special note of this. Darling Goose never more than inches away.
The first time I came in the Tate house, Lori showed me around every room, the ordered creativity was striking, touching. She showed me projects that Byron had realized for her, taking her vision and making it happen. As a couple, Lori and Byron manifested so much beauty, and they shared this with everyone in their orbit. Backyard pizza parties, Whidby Island weekends, holiday dinner out, and always Lori had her eyes looking for beauty, local art, and her next project.
Her openness and welcoming personality reflected also on her friendships, and my heart goes out to her dear friends who loved her so much.
Ill never forget how Lori opened up her life for Frankie and me, including us and caring about us from day one. And for her husband Byron, her son Camber, and her big fun talented extended family, the grief is unimaginable for me. And yes I know she wants you all to be so so very happy, and realize your dreams and your creative projects (you just have to do it she said) I know that she wants to be remembered with joy and humor. Yet there will always be a place in my heart that is just sad for losing her way too soon. And Ill have Camber in my heart, where I keep my own boys for the rest of my life.
Sheila Strobel
Friend
April 3, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with Byron and Camber! Lori was an amazing person...My very deepest condolences.
Ryan Downing
Friend
April 2, 2020
I will never forget meeting Lori our kids' first day of preschool over 10 years ago. Our kids were both crying (they were 2 1/2 and our only children) so we we were both distraught. I remember noticing her presence as she was so beautiful and stoic and yet sweet - She had impacted me. Our kids imprinted equally- and they would eventually only attend school if they knew the other would be present. We had our first parent/child play date and it sealed our connection, we bonded like sisters and years of family togetherness, laughter, and love would follow. Lori not only became like a sister to me, but a mother to eventually my 2 children. She created such amazing memories for us. We shared so much time with them at Whidbey- looking for heart rocks, eating chicken in a door (so many inside jokes), our fire talks, our dance parties, our sharing of music and stories, our hot tub laughs, our boating failures, our times with Nana there, our baby island adventures, the many scars my son has of hard playing, to just pure joy. She, with B, provided such an amazing childhood for my kids as Lori and I shared so many joyous times. We always said, It was the best of times, and the worst of times dealing with small children. Lori changed the way I view the world as she saw art in everything- making even the mundane magical. We called each other D as in Daryl and my other cousin Daryl, because we had so many adventures and had so much fun doing life together. When I'd say Let's followed by this long monologue- she laughed and said you had me at let's. She is forever in our hearts - I have all her talented artwork or artwork she chose for us throughout my house - so her presence is always felt. Love you unconditionally D and live in gratitude for all you given to me and my family .
Kristina Patel
April 1, 2020
I met Lori through our mutual friend Tina almost a decade ago. I felt fortunate to be among those that got invited to Lori and Byron's home for a dinner party. They had just acquired a brick-pizza-oven in their backyard and I remember that she so graciously gave me a home tour, showed me how she creates her encaustic art and I was inspired by the creative way she stores her earrings. Genius!

Since then I have had an opportunity to watch her creativity in action through her art and through the many school projects she has done for Camber. I have no doubt that she was a Pinterest Queen based on all her creations. Such a beautiful light lost way too early. My heart breaks for her family and close friends, she will be missed dearly, but her amazing creations will keep reminding us of her.
Purva Merchant
March 31, 2020
I am so sorry to read about the death of your loved one, Lori Tate. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you find some comfort in the beautiful memories you have of her. And I hope the God of all comforts brings you a measure of peace today and tomorrow.
Mrs Scott
March 30, 2020
This was a terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Byron, Camber and Lori's family.
Paul Sherman
Friend
March 29, 2020
View at Whidbey
I met Lori when we worked at Palomino in late 1990, I was the dinner manager and she became the lead hostess. It took us a few months to become friends but once we had that bond, we never lost it. Throughout our lives we both had great happiness and times of struggle. Our love and friendship for each other allowed us to help the other through these challenges with just the right amount of humor, kindness and tough love. I do not even understand yet all of the ways I will miss and long for Lori.
I am happy that upon moving back to Seattle 2 years ago, I did not work for a few months and Lori, Camber and I spent most days together between Seattle and Whidbey Island. I am also thankful to Byron who has always graciously put up with me being close by. Byron and my husband Barry have always supportive of our closeness, even at the expense of their privacy!
We did love to drink some great wine, sit on the deck and overshare, it was our thing for many years,
Lori was a creative force who had amazing taste, she had an eye for art, design and spaces that she really developed over her life, she was decisive and influential. Lori did not just think outside the box, she lived outside the box. She was often able to move me forward when I was stuck on an interior design issue.
Lori loved her boys as she referred to them, Camber, Byron and Goose and she took great care of them and always had them on her mind. I know she will watch over them as will all of her close friends.
Lori sparkled and truly made life better, we were so fortunate to be in her circle and we will tell stories about her for the rest of our lives. I am already to speak easily of her, and she will be remembered with laughter and joy.
Lori loved heart shaped rocks, unglazed pottery, kokeshi dolls, vintage tins, odd numbers, encaustic art, framing and even when I suggested I may have enough art she truly believed you could always make room for something you loved.
When Camber was young maybe the 3 7 years old, we often went to Pacific Galleries, where we could spend 2-3 hours walking the rows of vignettes and treasures. Camber was engaged and happy the entire time, he could pick out a treasure which was usually a vintage toy car and we would find all kinds of art and home décor. Camber stated once that it was like going to a haunted house that wasn't scary.
Lori and I bought many treasures over the years and Byron often had to fix, restore, paint or weld them into what our vision was.
Being your friend has been honor and a privilege and I am so crushed by this loss, never did I see it coming. Last year we spoke of death quite a bit as Lori lost her Mom and a close family friend. From those discussions I know for sure she would not want us to stay sad for long, I know that she would want us to speak of her often with love and laughter. I also know that she loved her life, her home and her family, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends, we had plans and gatherings to have, backyard pizza parties and smores to make at Whidbey Island, Cannon Beach in August and our cooking collaborations. We will try to continue these summer rituals as she would want for Camber and B. and for our lovely circle of friends.
Until we meet again Lori Tate, I love you always,

Monica (Mona) Romagnoli Duff
Monica Duff
March 29, 2020
The world has lost an amazing human being. My heart goes out to Byron, Camber and all of Loris beloved family and friends. Cherish the memories that Lori has given us all. My very first interaction with Lori was 24 years ago when we bumped into each other in Madison Valley as we walked our dogs... we both had labs and ironically both named Rupert. What are the odds? RIP Lori. ❤
Bob Steedman
Friend
March 28, 2020
My deepest thoughts and condolences to Byron for the loss of Lori in this tragic event March 19. Very sad to hear about this.
sonny kwan
March 28, 2020
Ingrid Wiengren Link
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Ingrid Wiengren Link
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Ingrid Wiengren Link
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Ingrid Wiengren Link
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Ingrid Wiengren Link
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Ingrid Wiengren Link
March 28, 2020
Lori, one of the most loving, wonderful, selfless, funniest, giving, creative, helpful, positive, caring and warm-hearted person that I have ever known. She was a huge support in my life and an amazing true friend.
My girls, Selma and Molly had the most loving wonderful aunt in Lori.
I miss you & I love you, Lori.
Ingrid Wiengren Link
March 28, 2020
Celebrating Seahawks Super Bowl win
Tina Patel
March 27, 2020
As a friend and voice teacher of Lori's aunt, Kathy Sobeski, how know mush Lori was loved. My prayers are for Lori's husband, son and my friend Kathy, who is also grieving.
Theresa Hansen
Friend
March 27, 2020
I wanted to share my heartfelt condolences especially to her family, as Lori brought so many memories for so many. Lori was a beauty inside and out, one of those people you met and felt a connection. Our friendship in college, continued after as she was a bridesmaid in our wedding, and as luck had it, worked in the same building for a bit too. I always looked forward to getting her notes, holiday cards - always creative, always Lori-esque. Although time has passed, her silliness, love for life, especially love of family made her such a special person. Her place in our world will be missed, yet memories of times shared will last forever. Sending my love!

~Michelle & Brett
Michelle Gatto-Fritts
March 26, 2020
Lori put on a 37th bday party for me nicer than my wedding reception - so her ♥
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
A night on Mel's boat - where our names Daryl and Daryl came about
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
Enjoying time on their new game-changer boat
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
Happiness at Whidbey ♥ Useless Bay Co
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
Fresh Beat Band with Camber and Kaia
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
Bellevue night out with Lori and Tiffany
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
We are on a boat! Celebrating B and Tejas's birthday on Tiffany And Curtis's boat
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
Lori's Old BMW - Fun times
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
Lori and I in Bend, OR
Tina Patel
March 26, 2020
When I think about Lori, the first flash is her infectious smile and a welcoming gesture! She made anyone around her feel like you were the most important person in her life at that moment in time. And I always believed that! I did her beautiful blonde hair color on and off for many years so was able to develop an amazing and trusting friendship! She had usually had jogged to her appointment from Orange theory on her way to Bar Class! Such an inspiration! I shared her love of art, both creating and collecting (not like her collection). There was one time I expressed that I did not have anymore wall space for art. Her reply was pretty much if I had an inch or more, there was room! She was a great cook, hostess, friend and artist that will be missed so much! My heart breaks for Byron, Camber and Mona! I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful woman! XO
March 26, 2020
Fun night celebrating Mona and Barry's wedding!
Terri Cobb
March 26, 2020
Lori you were a shining light, an incredible mom and wife and a gem of a friend. You were that person that so many could count on for anything, anywhere, anytime. I will miss you forever and a part of me will never be the same. I love you my friend.
Kris Wilk
March 26, 2020
Cooking dumplings with friends
Kris Wilk
March 26, 2020
Valley Auction 2014
Kris Wilk
March 26, 2020
Kris Wilk
March 25, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Lori and our deepest condolences to her family. We met Lori at UPS, she was my little sister in our sorority and my husband's little sister in his fraternity. She was such a bright light then and these beautiful words show that that light continued to shine throughout her life. We love you Lori,
Cindy and Geoff
Cindy Swanson
March 25, 2020
Beautiful notes about Lori that I did not know. I worked with Lori at Palomino many years ago. She was always a very sunny light every single day I worked with her. This whole saga just breaks my heart. Nothing but prayers and heartfelt thoughts to the family and other friends.
Eric Peters
Coworker
March 25, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. This is such a difficult time for all, on top all the isolation this injustice just breaks my heart. It has been too long since I have seen my cousin Lori and now this.....
Coreen
Family
March 25, 2020
What a beautiful obituary. Every essence of Lori was captured and honored beautifully! May the love that Lori always showered us with inspire us to pass it forward to all that touch our lives.
Nancy (Schroeder)
Friend
March 25, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful woman. We will love you and miss you always.
Nancy (Schroeder)
Friend
March 25, 2020
I only met Lori once for a dinner out with Monica last December, but it was clear how exceptional she was in terms of both character and spirit. May she rest in peace, and her family and friends find comfort again after this senseless tragedy.
Gage Tarrant
March 25, 2020
Lori ❤ Life of the party and every conversation! So blessed that our paths crossed many times over the past 15 years. Mexico wedding! Arizona! Oklahoma! Incredible meals around Seattle! Amazing! Talented! Funny! Loving!
Tom Eggum
Friend
March 25, 2020
Lori and Roo
Monica Duff
March 25, 2020
Lori
Monica Duff
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