THE memory of a popular Deeside girl who passed away earlier this month is to be celebrated at the weekend.
A celebration of 12-year-old Kate-Lynne Mitchell’s life will take place on Saturday at Glen Muick Church at Ballater, where balloons and lanterns will be released in her honour.
Kate-Lynne died suddenly on January 4 and her family say the gap she has left in their hearts “will never be filled.”
Her mother, Paula, said that the family - father Glen, and brothers Ashton, Jamie and Ramsay - have been “devastated” by the loss but enjoyed every minute spent with Kate-Lynne.
Paula added: “We have had the most incredible 12 years with her, and the void left in our lives is immeasurable.
‘‘Kate had many wonderful holidays and has seen camels in Dubai, lion cubs in South Africa, beaches and been swimming in Majorca and Portugal.
“In the last year she saw the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, been to two weddings, and went on a safari holiday.
‘‘She also got to see nearly every family member and went to her brother’s and cousin’s baptism. We really had a great year.”
Kate-Lynne was born with dislocated knees and hips, a cleft palate and she later developed scoliosis and epilepsy.
She was developmentally-delayed and used a wheelchair or buggy at all times as she was unable to walk.
Paula said: “The pain from her scoliosis was slowly getting more noticeable, so we can take comfort in the fact that in heaven all her pain has been taken away and she is playing and dancing with her fellow angels.”
Kate-Lynne played a big part within the Aboyne community, where she attended primary school for almost eight years before moving to Surrey last August.
Acting headteacher of Aboyne Primary, Catriona Ewart, said: “The staff and pupils have been saddened to hear of the passing of a much loved former pupil.
‘‘She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and infectious laugh.”
The memorial will take place at 1pm and everyone is asked to wear bright colours, children are welcome and donations can be given to a charity which is due to be set up in Kate-Lynne’s name.