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Cristi Linn Curtis

KENTWOOD, Mich. -- Cristi Linn Curtis, aged 29, of Wyoming, Mich., was tragically taken from this world on Thursday, July 19, 2007.

Cristi was a very loving and caring person and will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Cristi graduated from Winthrop University in South Carolina, where she played NCAA Volleyball. She has been a special education teacher at Byron Center High School for the last seven years and the head volleyball coach for the last four years, also at Byron Center High School. Cristi had just accepted a coaching position at Aquinas College, where she was about to complete her masters degree.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Archie and Arlene Curtis and Merle Klingbeil.

Cristi will be greatly missed by her parents, Cheryl Curtis and Hubbard Capes and Christopher and Virginia Curtis; siblings, Benjamin and Jodi Curtis, Michael Shamblin, Stacy Debelak and Min Chu, Justin Debelak and Gina Popour and Michelle and Pete Lasley; grandparents, Roberta Klingbeil, Patricia and John Woodaz; and many aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Kentwood Christian Church, 5841 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood. Relatives and friends may meet the family at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Kentwood), 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Tuesday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cristi Curtis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be sent online at