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1970 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
KRIS CHAMPAGNE-VANCLEVE Kris Champagne-VanCleve, 43, of Las Vegas, drifted away Aug. 2, 2014, in the arms of her mother after a five-year cancer battle. Born Nov. 7, 1970, she grew up in a suburb of Detroit, where she loved to pitch softball. She graduated from John Glenn High School in 1988. The fact she loved being hostess led her to a career in bartending. She moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and continued serving customers at several local watering holes, including Dean's Den and Davy's Locker. She gave birth to her son in 2003 whom she adored and her focus never strayed from him. The brief time they spent on Earth together were the happiest years of her life. In 2009, Kris was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She received chemo and was in remission. The following year the cancer metastasized into her brain and lung. After radiation, chemo and various meds to ward off the disease, it had managed to invade her body. Although the doctors gave her six months in October 2011, she fought the battle for nearly three more years. Kris had only one item on her bucket list and June 6, 2014 that list was checked when she met one-on-one with Coach Mike Ditka. She had waited 30 years to meet her heartthrob and her smile was bigger and brighter than we had seen in years. Kris will be missed by her son, Chance; parents, Brad Thomison and Dolores Champagne-Thomison of Las Vegas; sister, Kim G. Alexander of Las Vegas; brother, Rich Champagne of Michigan; many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was truly "Some Kind O' Wonderful." Kris was cremated Aug. 7, 2014. A private memorial celebration will be held on her birthday. In lieu of flowers, make donations in Kris's honor to of Southern Nevada.
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