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Debbie Kemp, age 62, of Greenville, passed away early Friday morning, February 9, 2018 at her home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice following a short battle with cancer. The daughter of Claude Ernest & Audrey Fae (Thompson)  Aylsworth, she was born on June 17, 1955 in Greenville and was a 1973 graduate of Greenville High School. 

Debbie earned her nursing certificate from Montcalm Community College and was a licensed practical nurse since 1974.  She worked in several different areas of nursing, but her passions were the many years she spent in the emergency room, as well as in the operating room as a surgical scrub nurse, at the former United Memorial Hospital.  She wrapped up her nursing career working in the long term care unit at the former Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview and spent many years working as a pharmacy technician at the former Jorgensen's First Choice Pharmacy.

On August 8, 1981, in Greenville, she married William W. Kemp and together they enjoyed almost 37 years of marriage and raised three children.  While Debbie had many joys in life, she found happiness in time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Claude E. Aylsworth on June 2, 2017.  Surviving are her husband, Bill Kemp of Greenville;  their three children, Steve & Erin Kemp of Greenville, Jenny & Scott Burnham of Marshall, and Charley & Denise Kemp of Big Rapids;  her precious grandchildren, Annie Kemp, Will Kemp, Isabelle Burnham, Amelia Burnham, Evelyn Kemp, and Adeline Kemp;  her mother, Audrey Aylsworth of Greenville;  a sister, Cindy & Mike Raby of Oklahoma;  two brothers, Tom & Shawn Aylsworth and Jon & Paula Aylsworth, all of Greenville;  siblings-in-law, Cass & Shelley Kemp and Marcia Kemp, all of Greenville;  and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family is from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where relatives and friends are invited to celebrate her life at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  Burial at Forest Home Cemetery will take place in the spring.  Instead of flowers, Debbie would have appreciated contributions in her memory to Spectrum Health Hospice.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Debbie's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.com  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

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  1. Laura Thompson on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Rest In Peace sweet angel.



  2. Lisa Moore on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Love you Debbie. You will be missed by many.



  3. Paula Aylsworth on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I love you sister. I will miss you every day!!



  4. Expression of Sympathy on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A SPATHIPHYLLUM was ordered on February 9, 2018



  5. Karla & Paul Nichoson on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of Debbie. In our thoughts & prayers.-á



  6. Expression of Sympathy on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A MONET’S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was ordered on February 9, 2018



  7. Sandi LaLone.........Vice President of the Greenville Area Senior Citizens Center on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Dear Audrey, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter. She is now with her dad and together they can be Angels that watch over your family and you. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family as you all grieve your loss.. God Bless my friend.-á -áSandi LaLone…….VP of Greenville Area Senior Citizens.



  8. Sandi LaLone.........Vice President of the Greenville Area on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am


  9. Sandi LaLone.........Vice President of the Greenville Area Senior Citizens Center on February 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss, Audrey and family.-á -áSandi LaLone



  10. Mary Jaquays Taft on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    RIP Debbie.-á -áI will always remember our friendship in Jr High.-á I don’t know why we weren’t connected in High School,-á I was glad to join the bowling team and enjoyed our time together then, and going to state tournaments.-á May God comfort and give strength to those left behind.-á-á



  11. Sheila Vaughn on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Charley & Steve – I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom from the hospital and she was always such a kind lady. She will be missed!



  12. Wendy Barry Braford on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jon and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Debbie. All of my memories are filled with fun times. WeGÇÖve been friends since the 60GÇÖs and although we didnGÇÖt see each other often, the times that we did were like we just picked up where we left off. In our later years of friendship Debbie, Diane and I had a tradition of going to the yard sale at the park at the Danish Festival and seeing who could buy the most hideous gift to give to one another. I think Debbie won when she gave me a very large orange and white glass swan. It still sits in my basement and every year my husband wants to give it away as a white elephant gift. That is not allowed because I tell him itGÇÖs very valuable and always makes me laugh. IGÇÖm sending hugs and prayers for you and your family.



  13. Cindra Raby on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Love you little sis. Your with dad, going to miss you.



  14. Erv & Margaret Bradley & Family on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Charley & Denise & Family, so sorry to hear of your loss.-á With our deepest sympathy.



  15. Janie and Mike Petersen on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Let your friends give you comfort and your memories bring you peace. Debbie will never be any further away you than your heart and thoughts.



  16. Paul Larned on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing, Bill! I pray that God gives you and your family strength and that He welcomes her into His arms!



  17. Jerry Jones on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    What a good and caring woman we have lost. Deb was a true difference maker in many lives. My most sincere condolences go to you, her family. All of us who knew her share in your loss.



  18. Patti and Gerry VanSyckle on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time and the days ahead.



  19. Barry & Jan Kirkpatrick on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bill, thinking of you and your family, peace my friend..



  20. Expression of Sympathy on February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent on February 10, 2018

    Kemp Family – We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Travis, Sarah & Sebastian Simmons



  21. Expression of Sympathy on February 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A GRANDMOTHER’S GARDEN REMEMBERED was sent on February 11, 2018

    With love, from your cousin Ginger



  22. Expression of Sympathy on February 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    An A GARDEN PATH was ordered on February 12, 2018



  23. Expression of Sympathy on February 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Kegan and Wayne King on February 12, 2018



  24. Sally Merren and Kim (Merren) Andrews on February 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    So very sorry for your loss.-á Debbie was a wonderful funny lady.-á Great times all the years bowling with her.-á Times we will never forget.-á She is now the newest angel along side her dad.-á May she rest in peace.



  25. Cathie Stall on February 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Steve-á So sorry to hear about your mom.-á My prayers are with all of you..-á She meant so much to Mike.



  26. Larry & Susan Anstett on February 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bill and family,
    We are thinking of you all at this very sad & difficult time.-á Our deepest & sincere sympathy for your loss.



  27. Jack Kurnat on February 16, 2018 at 12:00 am


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