Chrystal Dawn (Partin) McKinney, 61, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 20, 2020, surrounded by family at her home in Newton.
Raised in Ark City by two loving parents, Chrystal had a blast with her sisters as pals. Growing up on an orchard, Chrystal claimed she regularly ate her weight in peaches. See also: Chrystal’s love for pie, cake, sour gummy worms, ice cream, and orange soda (from a glass bottle).
Chrystal and the love of her life, Rick, celebrated 40 years of marriage just two weeks ago. They raised their two kids, Cole and Paige, in Newton and continued living there for 35 of those years. Something Rick learned early on was that he had no business “improving” Chrystal’s various sports techniques, that she made the best birthday meatloaf, and that Chrystal’s charitable heart for others would be an expensive hobby.
Chrystal was nothing short of ambitious, and it wasn’t rare to come home to freshly painted walls or newly styled decor. She graduated with a teaching degree from Southwestern College—but enjoyed a career as an interior designer. Some of her biggest accomplishments center on her award-winning home design work featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine—and her renovation and operation of the Antidote Salon & Spa in Newton. But she’d tell you these paled in comparison to caring for her family. Chrystal’s greatest hope was that her kids would walk closely with Jesus, and she endeavored to show them and their friends how great God is.
Chrystal had the secure quality of being able to laugh at herself, further honed by Rick, who loved to give her a hard time. Even to the very end, as she battled the loss of speech associated with Multiple System Atrophy, she never stopped giggling at Rick’s ridiculous antics. Every day was a party with Chrystal, particularly once her grandkids arrived. They were the joy in her season of suffering, and some of her last words unpacked her love for them. We miss her more than we can say—and especially need her to fit “just one more cup” in the dishwasher.
Chrystal was an adventurer, dreamer, life of the party, cared deeply for the hurting, and had the heart of a lion. She was the first to say she’s sorry, the fastest to bury the hatchet, the quickest to laugh at herself, the easiest to approach, the best gift giver, and the bravest sufferer. She is now more alive than ever. Well done, good and faithful servant. You kept the faith, and we give God all the glory for that.
A service celebrating Chrystal’s life will take place on Thursday, June 25, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Newton. (200 W. 6th St.)
Chrystal is survived by her husband, Rick H. McKinney, of Newton; son, Cole McKinney, and his wife, Rachel (their daughters, Arbor and Ava); daughter, Paige Pippin, and her husband, Drew (their sons, Andy, Brooks and Will); parents, Oscar and Velvree Partin; siblings, Holley (David) Rosebeary and Lisa (Glen) Virden. Memorials have been established with First Baptist Church of Newton and Good Shepherd Hospice in Newton in care of Petersen Funeral Home 215 North Main Newton, Kansas 67114
What a wonderful woman; amazing wife, amazing mother & grandmother. There will be a special place in Heaven for her! All our love & prayers!
Rick, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.All my Love Bev Gering and Family
My sincerest condolences on the loss of Crystal. She fought long and hard. God bless all her family and friends and may He give you strength and comfort during this most difficult of times.
Love you Chrystal. I will miss you.
She had a big heart and big beautiful smile to match it. I know she loved God very much and proclaimed Jesus as her Savior.
“Until we meet again…”
Rick, I’m so sorry to read of Crystal’s passing. She was a wonderful person! I remember singing at you wedding 40 yrs ago! Geez…..where does the time go! I’m sure those years were filled with lots of happiness that created many wonderful memories. My thoughts are with you and your family!
Crystal was, without a doubt, one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. My world is better for having known her, God bless you, Crystal, and may he give all of her family comfort in this time of sorrow.
Our thoughts and prayers have been with all of you during these difficult days. Treasure the memories and remember the gifts she gave you throughout her life. May God wrap His loving arms around you during these days.
Chrystal was one of a kind, such a kind caring, considerate, positive friend. Her Family meant the world to her. Her faith was unwavering as is Ricks, Paige & Coles, which is what will get you thru this very difficult time. We have no words just our being here for you. Love Mike & Sue Rohr
Crystal was always one of my favorite friends. We will miss her. Mike
So Sorry for Your Families Loss.Love and Prayers for you All.
From our days at Lincoln Elementary through high school, Chrystal was a dear friend. She was my Maid of Honor and a great friend. I laugh at the crazy antics that went on and will cherish her memory. God Bless her family – she was an angel on Earth and has gained her Heavenly wings. Prayers for all.
It was my misfortune that I never got to know Chrystal, but I know she is sitting at the right hand of God for no other reason than putting up with Rick for over 40 years. Rick, I am so sorry to hear about Chrystal. No doubt she was a wonderful woman because she married a wonderful man and father.
What a beautifully written tribute to Chrystal. My condolence to her family.
Chrystal’s obituary reads of an amazing , Christ- centered, fun loving woman, who I only knew by her husbands glowing remarks. My deepest sympathies to you as you forage through the next chapter. Earthly life complete, eternal life begins.
Chrystal sounds like a wonderful person, sorry I never had a chance to meet her.
Rick, I’m so sorry for your loss, but be of good cheer for you will be reunited in heaven with her forever. And know that I am praying for you and your family during this time of loss.
We are so saddened about the passing of Chrystal. She was a beautiful, caring and loving person. May the Lord give you, Rick, Cole and Paige the strength to get through this difficult and sad time. We all know that there is now a special and beautiful Angel in heaven watching over you!
So sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry.
So sorry to hear this. It sounds like I missed out in not knowing Chrystal personally. May your family be lifted up with all the memories of a life well-lived. Prayer and blessing for each of you.
Chrystal I was such an admirer of your style and class, your ability to make anything beautiful.
My condolences to the family and friends your loss is deep.