Destini Cunliffe, age 18, of Greenville, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Grand Rapids at the Spectrum Health Butterworth campus. Through her own choice when she got her drivers license, Destini also answered the prayers of many other families and became a hero through her generous gift of life donations.
When Destini entered a room there was never any doubt she was there. Between her unique and contagious laugh, her free spirit, and larger than life personality, Destini would light up a room and had an aura about her which would always get your attention. She was known by family and friends as a “baby whisper,” and possessed an ability to calm babies down with in minutes, even babies she had just met. Destini was a confident, compassionate, stubborn, and free-spirited young woman. When anyone was down; family, friends, or even a stranger, Destini was always ready to pick them up and be there for them. Destini was in her senior year of high school and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Surviving Destini is her mother, Brandi Cunliffe of Greenville; father, Matt Cunliffe (Lacy Niedzwiecki) of Greenville; grandparents, DeeDee & Bill Pennington of Greenville; Jeanne Cunliffe of Greenville; Eileen Cunliffe of Sparta, Tennessee; sisters, Lila Cunliffe; Victoria Cunliffe; Janae Niedzwiecki; Janessa Niedzwiecki; Jenna Niedzwiecki, all of Greenville; great grandma, Pat Pfishner of Greenville; aunts, Shauna (Brian) LaFave of Rockford; Milissa Houston (John Short) of Greenville; Heather (George) McDonald of Greenville; uncle, Mike Cunliffe of Greenville; lots of cousins; and many great friends who are just like family to Destini and her family.
Destini was preceded in death by her “Papa Ron”, Ron Cunliffe.
Visitation for Destini is being held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the First Congregational Church in Greenville (126 E. Cass Street) from 3 to 8 PM. Because of the COVID Pandemic masks are required inside the church and to allow everyone a chance to share their condolences, the family is asking guests to limit the amount of time they stay to pay their respects.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial donations be made in Destini’s memory to Silent Observer West Michigan. Envelopes will be available at the church.