Dividing her time between Ireland and New Zealand, Cate ran her own tattooing studio where her clients often became close friends. Her open, loving nature meant she had close friends across the world.
Cate was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, and with liver metastasis in 2012. Chemotherapy, radiation and successive operations gave her happy and productive years until 2017 when she declined further treatment. Cate passed away on March 16th the following year.