Crystal K. Potter, 39, of Sarona entered her eternal home with her Savior Jesus on March 6, 2019.
Crystal Kay was born on January 7, 1980, in Shell Lake the daughter of Glen Albee and Brenda Melton. She graduated from Shell Lake High School in 1998 and completed her bachelor of science degree in healthcare administration at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2002.
Crystal met Matthew Potter of Spooner while they both worked at Economart grocery store in Spooner. They were married on June 16, 2001, at Spooner Wesleyan Church. They first resided in Eau Claire, then eventually landed at their home in Sarona.
Crystal’s first job after completing college was as director of Oak Gardens Assisted Living in Altoona.
While living in Spooner, Crystal worked for Spooner Nursing Home until 2008 as the activities director. In August 2008 she accepted the position of public relations director at Spooner Health, where she worked until 2017. She has worked for Welltok/Tea Leaves Health for the past couple years as a lead client strategist.
Crystal’s first love was Jesus, her Savior, who was the overriding passion of her life. The “love of her life” on this earth was Matthew. “It would be difficult to find a sweeter marital relationship than what Matt and Crystal have shared,” her family said. Crystal’s main priority was to spend time with her family. “She was incredibly intentional about the investment she made into her children’s lives on a daily basis,” said her family. She loved cheering her boys on at soccer games, painting Laila’s nails, homeschooling, and family time.
She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading her Bible and spiritual growth books, listening to worship music, visiting with friends, gathering for family celebrations, watching Hallmark movies, watching Olympics, gardening, cooking/baking/canning, attending conferences, and spending time at the Potter cabin.
Crystal also invested in lives of children in need during mission trips to Nicaragua and Guatemala, as well as supporting children in need worldwide. She was actively involved with Spooner Wesleyan Church activities, 4-H Club, Spooner Chamber, and homeschool coop groups.
Crystal is survived by her husband of 17 years, Matthew; her three children, Austin, Colton, and Laila; her father, Glen Albee, of Shell Lake; her mother, Brenda Melton, of Spooner; her sisters, Kerry (Charles) Russell of Spooner and Kayla (Daniel) Smith of Slidell, Louisiana; her brother, Cory (Amber) Albee, of Shell Lake; 18 nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Crystal was preceded in death by her grandparents, Shelvie and Phillip Melton and Garold and Evelyn Albee; and her uncle Allen Albee.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Spooner Wesleyan Church.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spooner Wesleyan Church, with Pastor Ron Gormong officiating.
A light luncheon will follow the service.
Burial will be at Spooner Cemetery.
Glen Abbey Funeral Home and Spooner Funeral Home provided arrangements.
Casket bearers will be Crystal’s brother Cory Albee and her brothers-in-law, Charles Russell, Daniel Smith, Scott Potter, Jeffrey Potter, and Brian Hodnefield.
In lieu of flowers, it would have brought joy to Crystal’s practical and beautiful heart for people in need, to see the funds placed toward something of lasting impact. Crystal had a heart especially for orphans and widows, among others. If you would feel led, consider a gift toward any of the following few ministries, in honor of Crystal.
Any other memorials can be directed to the Matthew Potter family.