#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

My Friend Katie

My childhood friend, Katie Cremer Johnson, passed away recently, way too soon.

Katie was one of the most spirited and vivacious people I’ve ever known, full of fun, laughter and mischief.  In high school, she once wore a teacher’s shoes around all day.  They were the black, orthopedic kind with holes in the toes.  When the teacher spotted them, we expected fireworks.  Instead, she said sweetly, “Why, I have a pair just like that!”  When we went on school bus trips, usually to basketball games in some nearby town, we would often sing “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” to pass the time–and drive adults to distraction.  We’d get all the way down to 1 bottle of beer on the wall and Katie would call out, “One more time!”  (At which we all threw things at her.)

Katie, I will miss you.

8 comments to “My Friend Katie”

  1. Pat Aman
      · April 6th, 2012 at 5:06 pm · Link

    I’m sorry for your loss, Linda. I had a good friend die much, much too young also. They will always be in our hearts.

  2. sam
      · April 6th, 2012 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Memories are so precious to us and they can bring some comfort at times like this.( which I hope they do) I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Cheryl Zumbro
      · April 6th, 2012 at 6:09 pm · Link

    So very sorry to hear about Katie. We graduated together in the biggest class in Northport history in 50 years (I think). You are right, it is way to early. My thoughts are with her family. She will be sorely missed. I remember several bus trips to Spokane with the drill team for the Jr. Lilac Parade, going to Trail for crossing patrol reward trip, etc.

  4. Nana
      · April 6th, 2012 at 7:05 pm · Link

    Awww. What a shame, Linda. But good memories.

  5. Sharon S.
      · April 6th, 2012 at 9:25 pm · Link

    My mother says to expect more of things like this…at “our age” I guess it can be expected, but darn it, when they are a year younger, it hurts. I recently lost a good friend as well. She will be greatly missed. She was 59.

    God Bless you, Debbie…and you too Linda…My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Margaret (Bramhall) Witt
      · April 7th, 2012 at 4:02 am · Link

    Sorry to hear about Katy, its always shocking when its someone you know and someone your own age! Who was the teacher with the shoes? Sounds like something mrs pederson would wear and say, she was my favourite teacher.

    • linda
        · April 11th, 2012 at 5:58 pm · Link

      It was Miss Beebee. (Probably misspelled.) The one who had served in the Peace Corps and was a little ditzy but very kind.

  7. Kathie
      · April 8th, 2012 at 7:43 am · Link

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. I just lost my mother recently and can relate.

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