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Kristen Uurtamo Medchill

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Kristen Uurtamo Medchill Obituary
Medchill, Kristen Uurtamo
37 of Phoenix, Arizona died Friday, April 22, 2016. Her suicide was due to a long struggle with mental illness. She is survived by her husband, Brian Medchill, her son, Adam Uurtamo, 13, her parents, Marilyn DeVan (Rod Scott) of Prescott, AZ and Stephen Uurtamo Sr (Helen Uurtamo) their daughter Samantha of Amherst, New Hampshire, her brothers, Stephen Uurtamo Jr (Mareike Kritzler) of San Francisco, Davin Uurtamo (Jennifer Uurtamo) of Phoenix, and sister Sarah Uurtamo Field (Douglass)of Clovis, New Mexico and former husband, Jeffrey Brissette. Born February 15, 1979, Kristen grew up in the East Valley. She attended Mesa Community College and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Anthropology in 2005. She was talented, joyful and lovely. She was a giving person, often taking in strays (people and animals) and giving away money she really didn't have. She struggled her whole life with many serious, painful physical and emotional issues, but was always ready to laugh or play a silly prank. Her love for her son Adam shone through everything she did. We will miss her terribly. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to UMOM New Day Center, 3333 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85008, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse and families in need. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday April 29, 2016 at 11:00 am, Tempe Friends Meeting, 318 E. 15th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 28, 2016
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