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Esther M. Chrystal

October 7, 1931 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Esther Chrystal Obituary

Esther M. Chrystal, 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of December 27, 2023, at Cascadia of Clarkston.

She was born October 7, 1931, in Lansing Michigan, the second child of Roy and Hazel Seeley.  The family moved to Idaho when Esther was seven years old, settling in Weippe. Esther graduated from Weippe High School at the age of 16 and went to work at the Headquarters Drug Store with her future mother-in-law.  While in high school Esther delivered papers and worked setting pins in the local bowling alley.

Esther married Don Chrystal on September 10, 1950.  They lived in Headquarters, Idaho, Spokane, Washington and spent many years in Bovill, before moving to Kendrick, Idaho and eventually Lewiston.  They had two daughters, Cheryl, and Janet, which they raised while living in Bovill.  Esther worked at the grocery store in Bovill and then she began her long career with the Postal Service, eventually retiring from the Moscow Post Office in 1996.

Esther had many interests which included gardening, oil painting, reading, and playing cards.  She was quite competitive and loved beating whoever she was playing at cards.  While living in Bovill she was a member of a bowling team with several other Bovill ladies that spent much of the time laughing and having a good time while bowling some too.

She was a member of Al-Anon for many years, making many lifetime friends while receiving and giving support to other members. Esther survived breast cancer in 2016, taking it in stride with her usual good-natured resilience.  She was known for her upbeat personality, sense of humor and toughness.  She had a positive effect on all who knew her.

Esther and Don were married sixty-nine years before his passing in 2019.

Esther is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Cromer and Janet (Grady) Shawver, granddaughters Jennifer Cromer, Stephanie (Mike) Hall, all of Moscow, Kasey (Mat Hutton) Hardin of Lewiston, Alison and Navia Shawver, Cypress, CA. and great-grandchildren Isaac, Trinity and Ben Hall and Sadie Hardin. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Kaye and Jim Poindexter and sisters-in-law Marjean Seeley and Shirley Seeley and many cousins, nieces, and nephews that she cared deeply about.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents Roy and Hazel Seeley, her mother and father-in-law, George and Barbara Chrystal and all her siblings:  Coleen Ross, Gerald (Bud) Seeley, Dennis Seeley, Gary Seeley, and Jimmy Seeley.

The family would like to thank the staff at Cascadia of Clarkston for the love and care they showed Esther during her time there.  We do appreciate it.

A celebration of Esther’s life will be held in the spring of next year.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to American Cancer Society or your local Meals on Wheels.

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