Debi A. Gregory, 48, of Stilwell, KS passed Tues. July 17, 2018. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Sun. July 22 at Penwell-Gabel Olathe Chapel; funeral service will be at 10 AM Mon. at the funeral home, with burial following at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Debi Gregory was born July 19, 1969 Franklin, Indiana & grew up in Stilwell, Kansas. She started dancing at age 3 and gymnastics at age 8. She was on the dance teams at Johnson County Community College (Captain), Blue Valley High School (Co-captain), & Blue Valley Middle School. Debi graduated from BVHS as a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated from JCCC with her Associate of Arts Degree & a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Fraternity of 2 Year Colleges. She graduated from Wichita State University Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Education Degree & a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education as well as a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. Debi married her husband Michael on July 6, 1991. While teaching full time at BVHS, Debi continued her education & received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.
Debi was blessed in 1998 with the birth of her daughter Denáh, who was the light of her life. She taught mathematics (Algebra 1 through AP Calculus) at BVHS for 17 years & coached the Tigerette Dance Team for 10 years. She was selected to be part of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Debi co-owned a competition dance studio for 4 years, owned her own pre-professional dance company for 3 years, and was extremely happy to be working side by side as co-director with Denáh for Devotion Dance. She has trained dancers that have won multiple awards such as 1st Overall, 1st in Category, Title Winner, Grand Champion, World Champion, Choreography Award & many others. Dancers she has formerly trained are members of College Dance Teams and Professional Sports Dance Teams such as Oklahoma City Thunder Girls, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, & Comets Galaxy Girls. She also toured with the convention Artists Simply Human on the crew for 2 years. Debi was very thankful for her family & friends that encouraged her throughout the hurdles of life. Debi lived her life to the fullest and appreciated every moment of life spent with her family & pets!
She is survived by her beloved husband of 27 years, Michael Gregory, and their daughter Denáh Gregory survives her. She is also survived by her parents Margie and David Plagens and Vern and Diane White, siblings Steve (Theresa) and Christina (Tim), nieces Alyvia, Alaina, and Jessie, nephew Jeremey, her beloved pets Blondie, Angel, Trixxie, Pixxie, Roxxie, Star Baby and Lyrina and additional extended family members.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to https://www.gofundme.com/debisnewheart to assist the family with medical and funeral expenses.
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