Crystal Michelle (Howard) Zook was born Oct. 14, 1973, in Billings, Montana, to Lathan C Howard Jr. and Gloria (Sturgis) Donahue.
Crystal departed this life April 7, 2022, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Billings, at the age of 48.
Crystal grew up in Billings, and after graduating from Senior High School in Billings, she enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving her country. Crystal went on to go to Nursing School and achieved her degree as a RN, and she loved caring for all her patients. She continued with her studies to get certified as an Active Release Technique (ART) Deep Tissue Massage Therapist and operated her business at the Hebrew Bible College in Billings.
Crystal spent her life with a passion for serving God. Her life’s delight was her son, Joshua. She never met a stranger; she immediately loved everyone she ever met, and in turn, they all fell in love with her. Crystal loved to exercise, and she loved going to the gym. She enjoyed doing Krav Maga, and Chi-To Do Martial Arts with her son Joshua. Crystal also enjoyed dancing, crocheting, roller skating, the Trampoline Park, swimming, watching movies, playing games, and just spending time with family.
Crystal was preceded in death by her stepfather Dr. Thomas Donahue; grandfather Clifford Sturgis; grandfather Lathan C. Howard Sr.; and grandmother Mary Elizabeth Howard.
Crystal leaves to cherish her memory her beloved son, Joshua Zavier Zook and his sister Zoe; parents Gloria Donahue, Lathan C. Howard Jr.; stepmother Kimberly Howard; siblings Lathan C. Howard III (Tina Howard); stepbrothers Joshua Ray Schleining, Chad Michael Schleining; grandmother Helen Sturgis; grandparents of Joshua Zavier Zook, Teri and Doug Zook; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Yellowstone National Cemetery, 55 Buffalo Trail Road, Laurel. Memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Hebrew Bible College, 445 Daniel St., Billings. A reception will follow.
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