Krystal was born Feb 29, 1980 and died June 10, 2020. She was born on a leap year so she really only had 10 actual birthdays in her short 40 years of life. She is survived by her only child Ethan Michael Merritt. Her parents Robert and Karen Merritt. Her 5 sibling Steven Merritt, Jeffery Merritt, Angela (Randall) Ostrom, Victoria Merritt, Amanda Cottrill, and each of their significant others. Krystal had 8 nieces and nephews, Isaak, Bailey, Brooklyn, Claudia, Noah, Priscilla, Lucas, and Wilder.
Krystal will be remembered as the life of the party. She would light up a room whenever she showed up. Her sense of humor either made you cringe or explode into laughter. “Kissy”, which was her childhood nickname, had a smile and laughter that was contagious, instantly putting you in fun mood, because it meant she would joke around with you for hours. She could be a kind and generous soul. Unexpectedly showering her loved one’s with gifts and love just because she could. Krystal enjoyed her family past and present. She would spend hours going through old photos and making scrapbooks, then sharing them with the family. If you didn’t know who a person was in a photo you could ask Krystal and she would know who it was, where it was, and the details behind it. Krystal was a sensational cook. On occasion she would assist in preparing food for the family, in particular for the weekly Sunday family dinner. She would watch and see if you enjoyed what she cooked, if you didn’t, she would take it back and make it right, even if it meant starting from the beginning.
Krystal loved to dance, especially with the youngest family members. She would blast her music and her and the kids would dance their hearts away in the living room for hours. She always danced like no one was looking, even if several people were.
The brightest spot in her life was undoubtedly her son, Ethan. She was beyond proud of him. She never hesitated to tell the world about him or of his accomplishments. For the first few years of Ethan’s life the two of them were inseparable. As Ethan aged however Krystal watched him grow up from a distance, very proud of all aspects of his life. She helped anyway possible to give him the best life he could have.
Krystal never hesitated to tell you she loved you. She loved unconditionally, and nonjudgmental. In return so many loved her back. If love could keep a person alive, Krystal would have been immortal.
Rest In Peace, we’ll see you soon.
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