Longtime Laurel resident Frances Gore Tate died Dec.11, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. Originally from Beltsville, she moved to Old Town in 1959. Her daughters, Freda, Treva and Kathy Ratcliffe, all attended Laurel High School. She drove a school bus for Prince George's County for 22 years. I spoke briefly with Kathy about her mother, and she said, "After her family, her constant companion, a Pomeranian named Prissy, was the love of her life."