HERMON – Katherine “Katie” Ann Vashon, 21, died unexpectedly Oct. 14, 2005, at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven, Conn., as a result of a sudden onset of leukemia. She was born June 21, 1984, in Waterville, daughter of Jim and Carmen (Roy) Vashon. Katie was a vibrant and loving daughter who deeply enjoyed her family, friends and community. She was a senior majoring in public relations at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Katie was a 2002 graduate of Hermon High School and was an active student. Katie excelled in academics, was a member of the National Honor Society, participated in sports and was active in several organizations. Believing in community service, Katie was drawn to Key Club (a service organization) serving as Governor of the New England District during her senior year and enthusiastically supported Camp Sunshine in Casco, one of the club’s programs. She later interned with Key Club International at Atlanta, Ga. While at Quinnipiac University, Katie was a dean’s list student and was inducted into the communications honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. She was active in many organizations including her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, where she served on the executive board. She had a strong work ethic which focused on a career in public relations with emphasis in sports information. She interned with the Bangor Lumberjacks for two summers and was employed by the New Haven Cutters, the Hartford Wolfpack Hockey team and the Sports Information Department at Quinnipiac. For the past two years, she was recognized for being the “MVP” at the annual Athletics and Recreation Awards ceremony. Katie loved sports and especially the Boston Red Sox. She excitedly attended this season’s last regular sea-son game at Fenway and watched as the Red Sox de-feated the Yankees. She was also a fan of Maine comic, Bob Marley and attended several of his shows and was always anxious to use some of his “Maine wit”. Katie had several special places including the family camp at East Grand, Young’s Warf in Belfast, Fen-way Park, Boston and Cosi’s in Hamden, Conn. Because of Ka-tie’s vibrant lifestyle, she formed many lasting friend-ships. During her last hours of life, she was surrounded by several of her friends and was comforted by their presence. Katie was an inspiration and touched the lives of many people. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her two brothers, Tim Vashon of New-port and Adam Vashon and his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Jack, all of Newport; paternal grandmother, Simone Vashon of Waterville; aunts and un-cles, Wayne Vashon and his wife, Barbara, of Benton, Rev. Randall Vashon of Perth Am-boy, N.J. and Jean Roy of Portland; cousins, Lance Vashon and his wife, Amy, and their children, Brianna and Conner, Janet, Karen and Reggie Roy Jr. and Debbie Cantara and daughter, Kirsten and Carol O’Reilly and her husband, Sean. She was pre-deceased by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Roy; paternal grandfa-ther, Clarence Vashon and Uncle Reginald Roy Sr. Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Birming-ham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. A Mass of Chris-tian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bangor, with the Revs. Thomas Lequin, Randall Vashon, and Jonathan Kalisch concelebrants. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. Immediately following the service at the cemetery, all are invited to return to the St. Mary’s Parish center for a light luncheon and continued fel-lowship. To honor Katie, me-morial contributions may be made to Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Rd., Casco, ME 04015 or www.campsunshine.org. An online memorial for Katie has been established at www.mem.com where a life story may be seen and personal tributes posted.