Christina “Tina” Marie Kempf, 51, of Mesa, Arizona passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in her sleep on December 6, 2016.
Tina was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend who will be deeply missed. She is survived by her parents, Jerry and Anna Kempf, sister Angie Brown, brother-in-law Matt Brown, nieces: Kiley Forrest (Daniel), Brooke Kerr (Jeff), nephews: Tyler and Jackson Brown, great nieces Navy Kate and Lola Kay Forrest, Uncle Fred Eck and Family, Aunt Jeanette Larson and Family, and former husband retired Lt Col Jeff Garland.
Tina was a graduate of Mountain View High School in 1983 and Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She also completed her Masters in Science in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She recently retired from a 27 year career teaching Elementary School in Mesa, AZ. Tina is a breast cancer survivor who was a dedicated, very well respected and loved teacher who inspired many students.
Tina was extremely kind and generous with everybody she met, especially those in need, and she cared deeply about animals and helped rescue and find homes for many dogs and cats. Tina loved being with her family and friends, hanging out and going to lunch. She was uplifting to everybody because of her great sense of humor. People were drawn to Tina because of big heart and beautiful smile. “We will all miss you and love you forever”.
Memorial Service and “Celebration of Life” will be held on Friday, December 16th, 2016, 9 AM at Central Christian Church located at 933 N. Lindsay Rd, Mesa, AZ. Service will be in the chapel in the New Life Center. Bunker’s University Chapel handled arrangements.
For those wishing to donate to a charity in Tina’s name, her favorite charities were:
* Child Crisis Center – childcrisisaz.org
* Save The Family – savethefamily.org
* Friend for life – AZ friends.org
* Any no-kill animal shelter