Chrystal Starling

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Chrystal Starling April 27, 1943 - February 6, 2009 Chrystal Starling, 65, of Grand Junction, CO was released from the physical challenges of dealing with MS on February 6th 2009. She was born April 27, 1943 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to parents, Judge George Vincent Kempf and Eleanor Wright Rushing. She received her bachelor's degrees in both economics and political science, with minors in French and Russian, at Bryn Mawr College. She then pursued graduate and doctoral degrees in theatre and cinematography with minors in international education and comparative religion. Chrystal had a never-ending love of, and lust for, knowledge and information. She was extremely well read and globally travelled, with an in depth knowledge of many subjects. She was an engaging conversationalist and an excellent listener. Her precise memory of dates and times was uncanny. Despite a multitude of physical handicaps, she always wore a warm, loving smile and her contagious laugh brightened many a path. She was an adamant supporter of local cultural events and local businesses. A grand lady will be missed in the Grand Junction community. She is survived by the following relatives, niece, Robin Kempf-Haxton and husband Peter, and daughter, Alison of Topeka, KS; nephew, Lucas Kempf and wife, Purvee, and children, Meerabella and Nicholas of Washington, D.C. Also, sister, Alice Lobato and husband, Nick who reside in Grand Junction. Memorial services will be held at Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church at 3133 F Road at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday February 26th. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Avalon Theatre.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 22, 2009