We lost a very good friend this week: Kathy Wilde, who passed away at home in Ypsilanti.

Kathy came to Friends in Deed nine years ago at the request of a friend, and she has been volunteering for us in several roles ever since. Most recently, she worked on the helpline with Rhonda Wright, providing a caring voice and much needed resources to our clients.

Kathy was a former florist. In fact, she owned and operated Flowers on the Parkway in Ann Arbor. She was also an accomplished archer and loved reading and making jewelry.

Kathy had a big family; she had five children and a score of grandchildren. She also had a special friend in Larry “Fitz” Fitzgerald. She certainly felt like family to many of us here at Friends In Deed, who appreciated her kindness and commitment to help those less fortunate.

Kathy was recently interviewed by an Eastern Michigan Student who was working on a project for Friends In Deed. When asked about what she would like people to know, she said, “Make sure you live your life to the fullest, and make every day special.”

Kathy did live life to the fullest and was an inspiration to all of us. She will be missed.