A Tribute

posted by Robin

Aging is God’s idea…. It’s one of the ways He keeps us headed homeward. We can’t change the process, but we can change our attitude toward it…. What if we looked at the aging body as we look at the growth of a tulip? Do you ever see…gardeners weep as the bulb begins to weaken? Of course not…. Tulip lovers rejoice the minute the bulb weakens. “Watch that one,” they say. “It’s about to blossom.”
Could it be heaven does the same? The angels point to our bodies. The more frail we become, the more excited they become. “Watch that lady in the hospital,” they say. “She’s about to blossom.” “Keep an eye on the fellow with the bad heart. He’ll be coming home soon.”

By Max Lucado

In sharing from Max’s devotional calendar, this leads me to a tribute of our friend and fellow cowgirl, Crystal. I sent a message on Facebook asking how she was doing earlier this summer, she said she was okay, but was on hospice. This saddened me and my heart was heavy as I knew her time was coming to a close on this earth. I do believe in healing and that God still heals today, but sometimes, inexplicably, it just doesn’t happen. And with Crystal, I wonder why. Why her? Why so young? But I also rejoice in the fact that, whether she realized it or not, she truly had a ministry through her cancer journey. She touched more lives going through the fight of ovarian cancer than she would have if she had never gotten the disease. AND she is living with Jesus and those who have gone before us. In THAT we can take comfort. I, unfortunately, couldn’t make it to her service since I live in New Mexico and had just come back from visiting Idaho, but I know many others did.

The following is her obituary.

Crystal Anderson

Crystal Jean Anderson of Midvale went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 5th, 2013 at the home of close cousins, Sunnie and Darin Braun of Fruitland, after a courageous four year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born in Reno, NV on May 11th, 1981 to Kelly and Alfred Fernandez, Jr.

Her dad, Tom Seid entered Crystal’s life at age four. Raised in Midvale, she attended Cambridge High School where she was an avid volleyball player, cheerleader, high school rodeo member and worked as a lifeguard at the local pool and on the family ranch.

She became a licensed hairstylist in 2001 after graduating from Mr. Leon’s School of Cosmetology in Lewiston and shortly thereafter married Darick Heimgartner. In the ten years following, Crystal’s many talents led her through several interesting occupations including a massage therapist, photographer, baker, jewelry model, snowboard instructor, doula and perhaps her greatest success, as a mother to daughters, Rilynn and MeKaty Heimgartner.

Earlier this year, Crystal married the love of her life, Joel Anderson, in a beachfront ceremony in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

She is survived by parents Tom and Kelly Seid, husband Joel Anderson, daughters Rilynn and MeKaty Heimgartner, sisters Kenna Waggoner and Katie Millette, brothers AJ Fernandez, Joshua and Austin Seid, Grandmother Virgina Seid, and Bob and Kris Anderson. She was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Fernandez, Jr.

Crystal will be most remembered for her immense ability to love fully. From birth, her Mom always used the saying, “She’s never met a stranger” because she touched the life of each person who she came into contact with. Her positive outlook on life was contagious, and her fighting strength and capacity to forgive came from her faith in Jesus Christ.

Her celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 10th at 2 pm at Washington County Fairgrounds-Cambridge Exhibit Hall. Everyone is welcome. A potluck dessert will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Heart ‘n Home Hospice by calling 800-HOSPICE or visit www. gohospice.com or to The Midvale Pool at 208-355-2646.

Rest In Peace, my friend.

6 Comments Leave a comment »

  1. Beautiful tribute, Robin. If anyone knows Sunnie, please send her the link. I think she’ll really appreciate how beloved her cousin was. Her absence is deeply felt. Heaven’s gain!

  2. To know the impact Crystal had on others, I was reading on her Facebook page and Brian (one of her dear friends) said that 400 chairs were set up and it got to be standing room only. WOW! Pretty amazing lady for sure! I also wrote on her page for others to see, along with a link, that this tribute was posted.

  3. grandma Janie

    October 14, 2013
    9:42 pm

    Im too tired, sleepy, tried, to see anymore. I’ve been catching up on C.C. Chelseas for many hours…and I’m aging…am 80 for goodness ssakes….and I just can’t stay up and s tare at this thing any longer. Howevefr the first part I did reada I agree. We are like a tulip, my blossom has faded, but I am still a bulb. boy am I llove being 80, just ask Chelsea…I feel 19, but I’m so sleepy..goodnight.

  4. grandma Janie

    October 14, 2013
    9:46 pm

    Oh boy…do I feel like a heel. The photo popped up as I was going to close C.C. and I then had to read it. touching. I had a friend die of ovarian cancer too, and another one is slipping away..beautiful and young…but going to Heaven to be with their Lord. Praise be to God. Forgive me….I am so tired…goodnight…AGAIN. Keep up the good work. You yuoung peo;e amaze me.

  5. I miss u Crystal. You always treated me different and always had faith in me. I got lost for a while but I’ll b clean 2 years the 22nd of August, a couple short weeks after the anniversary when u went home. I love you Crystal. I miss you cuz. ♡♡♡

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