GEESEYTOWN - Kimberly A. Scott was busy decorating for a Christmas party at the Juniata Valley Gospel Church when her life was cut short by a man with a gun.
"We always thought we'd grow old together," said close friend Connie Bolger, whose friendship with Scott began in junior high school. "You don't think something like this will happen."
Bolger recalled how the two worked together as teenagers at Bob's Cradle Restaurant as teenagers and for 36 years, had a card club where they played pinochle with six other friends. They grew up together, remained friends as they started their own families and watched each other's children grow.
"She was selfless," said Bolger, who added Scott was the kind of person who would do anything for anybody. "She was just the sweetest person. She had a gentle spirit and was kind-hearted."
Friday's shooting of Scott, 58, of Duncansville along with William Rhodes Jr., 38, and Kenneth Lynn, 60, both of Hollidaysburg, was like a dream, Bolger said.
"She was some person," Bolger said, pointing out that while Scott had a job working all day at Condrin's car dealership in Altoona, Scott and her sister also helped her father at night at the Altoona Curve.
"They would go and help their dad work half the night cleaning uniforms and the locker rooms," Bolger said.
Pat Condrin recalled Scott, who worked at the family car dealership as an office manager for 30 years, as being part of the family.
"The world lost a great person. Kim worked for us since she got out of high school," Condrin said. "She was part of our family for three generations - between Dad and Mike and I, and Mark and Dan, she's been part of the family. Even when we were in Cresson, she was with us every day.
"She was one of the most pleasant people you'd ever want to meet. She was a great person and was a pleasant as the day is long - in a industry that wasn't always easy to be pleasant every day.
"She was one of the most efficient people I ever knew. She did a tremendous job. She was a great mother, great grandmother and a great friend."
Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.