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Krystle M. Howell

January 11, 1984May 3, 2021
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If you told Krystle M. Howell that her life would be predictable, she might have answered with her characteristic, “Oh really?” before she set off to surprise you. She changed her hair color along with her nail color, never keeping the same look for long. She would happily perform no matter her audience so long as she was having fun. And she both entered and left this world earlier than anyone expected. Arriving prematurely on January 11, 1984, the tiny 5 lb. 13 oz. bundle made it clear to parents Rodney and Vickie Hawkins that she was resilient, brave and strong. Despite her love for life and her determination to live hers as long as she could, she departed May 3, 2021 at age 37. Despite this tendency for the unexpected, she never faltered in two important ways: the chicken and dumplings she enjoyed every year on her birthday, without fail, and the love she had for her family.

Krystle found her perfect match at an accelerated pace too, meeting her husband Andrew Howell, the love of her life, at a lunch table in high school. He also fell fast, knowing when he saw her that he was in love. But it was over the years that followed that he realized “she was the better half of we,” as they built a family together, welcoming two children, Danika and Dominik, and bringing Krystle the greatest joy in her life. Family cookouts at her parents’ house, while her children played in the pool with her nephews, Gavin and Owen, and her niece, Lennon, made for a perfect day. She enjoyed the simple quiet that came with reading a good book in a cozy robe but also loved the excitement of a concert and the fun of a shopping trip with her sister, Shannon (Sam) Prout, who would do her best to convince her to try on the clothes, not just settle for the general look of them.

Although she was genuine and caring, always looking for the best in people, her sweet demeanor would give way to a fiercely brave heart. Sparkling when happy, and sparky when irked; when challenges came her way, she always kept going. Krystle protected those she loved, never allowing the smallest hurt to come their way. The strong, resilient spirit that brought her into the world as a spunky newborn carried her through to the end; no matter how hard it was to smile, she did. She always greeted her father, “Hello Fadda,” while he would respond with “Hello Dotta.” While waiting patiently until they are together again to share the banter they all loved, her family hopes Krystle will rest in peace as memories of her live on in the hearts of those who cherish them.

A service celebrating Krystle’s life will be Private for family only on Saturday May 8 at 2:30 PM. The service will be available to the public via livestream at www.brownfh.com. The family will receive guests from 3:30-5:30 PM at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 East Hill Road, Grand Blanc, MI. Contributions in Krystle’s memory may be made to the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation, 8 Sorrento Drive, Osprey, Florida, 34229, Attn: Ronni Blumenthal.

Services

  • Virtual Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

Memories

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Navya La Shay

May 8, 2021

Dear Family,
Though far away, I am with you. Sending my support and love to you all.
No words can truly express anything remotely deep enough to say how much I care.
Love your cousin,
Navya

Cheryl Blackwell

May 6, 2021

Krystle brought so much happiness and love to others. Her laughter and smile will be forever in my memory until I see her again. I will remember her kindness to me and others. She was fun loving, adventuress, and a devoted loving wife / mother / daughter / sister / niece / granddaughter. Krystle loved her family and it was central to her life. I remember doing crafts with her at her parents, family get togethers, her wedding planning, her wedding day, her baby shower, make-up parties, hanging out with her Mom and Aunt MaryAnn, talking about books, her brave walk with cancer and so much more. Krystle is an example to others. She is alive in an awesome place now and going to light it up with her love and positive energy. Heaven will embrace her and be better because of Krystle like we were here. I will miss her dearly until I see her again. Thank you Krystle for being you. Andy and your precious children my deepest condolences. Vickie, Rod, Tony, Shannon, Sam and kids my deepest condolences. The same to all the rest of the family and friends as well. Krystle called me Aunt Cheryl and I will cherish this honor in my heart forever. We love you so very much Krystle!! It is not good-bye, but see you again soon. We will have eternity for more awesome adventures and fun!! I imagine you will be planning them soon 🥰 So until we meet face to face again....know we love you and cherish you!
God Bless you honey always!!
Aunt Cheryl

Chantal Lozen

May 5, 2021

RIP beautiful! I didnt know you for along time and only knew you because of your name twin krystle your hairstylist!!!! You were a beautiful person inside and out. I'm so sadden to hear you have gone on to the afterlife but I know you are no longer suffering! I will miss seeing you at the salon and I will miss your post on facebook.

My thoughts and prayers to you all. Hugs.

Tony Pickens

May 5, 2021

She was my 1st Nice , memory I'll never forget

Jennifer Grabinski

May 5, 2021

Vickie, Rod and Family,

Thank you for allowing us to have a small glimpse into her world. Her wedding, her baby shower and especially the wonderful stories(from the stories you told Vickie she knew she was loved). Although no words can really help. Just know that you all are very close in every thought and prayer. Sending you love, strength and only happy memories.

Jen, Ted (Todd) and Joshua Grabinski

Ty DeVoe

May 5, 2021

Krystle was a truly special person. A unique fireball of heart felt emotion that could move mountains. We took great pride in our special friendship that has existed since we were kids. We could roast each other one minute and then hug and cry something out if we had too a second later. There were moments where I would think "Wonder how Krystle is doing..." and the next day she would be calling me. It worked like that both ways. It was constantly "I was JUST thinking about you!" We called it the psychic friends network, described as a tingly fluttery feeling...and that meant to call each other.

She's the only friend I ever had that awesome weird connection with and I am going to miss it terribly.

I remember one day picking her up and cruising around town...listening to 1990-2000's rap and hip hop. You know the stuff. Spice girls, NSYNC, Back Street Boys, Nelly, and Sir Mix A Lot.

Here are two full grown women, behaving like crazed teens who had just been given the keys for the first time.

Windows down, wind in our hair, blaring "Baby Got Back" and screaming the lyrics as if no one could hear us. We knew every word but were completely tone death. Didn't care though.

The only time the music stopped was when we got the stink eye from an older woman when we pulled off to get ice cream. Just like two little kids being put in their place by elder. We were caught! BUSTED! Ohhh snap.

We laughed so hard that day. We laughed every day that we were together.

I have dozens of stories that I could tell however that one in particular was an extra special day. We had such a blast and that's how I will always remember her.

Sending love and prayers to everyone who lost such a precious and beautiful soul. She was such a wonderful woman, mother, wife, fantastic friend, and companion to so many.

-Ty

Michael MacKenzie

May 5, 2021

I will miss your kindness most. You educated me on the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. You will be missed dearly. I pray for peace and love to the family.

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