Crystal Moore, 41, of Mitchell died, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 28, at the Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Cutler Cemetery in Cutler, IL. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Crystal Lee was born May 13, 1976 to Douglas and Gloria (Cofer) Wittenhagen in Augsburg, West Germany. She left Germany at two weeks old and moved with her mother to Lakeside, Calif., where they lived until her father was discharged from military service. At age 1 she moved with her family to Mitchell. She was raised by her mother and step father, Terry Hanson.
In 1995, she graduated from Woonsocket High School. She attended Dakota Wesleyan University for two years but health problems prevented her from completing her degree. Crystal was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 18 and fought the disease for the rest of her life.
On April 7, 2001, she married Jeff Moore at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Later that same year she and Jeff welcomed triplet sons: Connor, Christian, and Caleb. Caden came along the following year. Her sons were the loves of her life and she and the boys loved watching movies together. Crystal had a great singing voice and enjoyed singing Karaoke.
Crystal worked throughout her teen years and into adulthood at various jobs. Her favorite job was at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. She always enjoyed learning about new medical procedures and medicines, but was unable to pursue a career because of complication with her diabetes. On December 16, 2016, she had a massive heart attack. The Mayo Clinic would later tell her she needed a new heart and kidney. The day prior to her death she suffered several strokes.
She is survived by her husband Jeff Moore, Mitchell; sons, Connor, Christian, Caleb and Caden, all of Mitchell; mother, Gloria Hanson, Mitchell; brother, Jesse (Jennifer) Hanson and their children Maddison and Gavin, Loomis; a step daughter Ember Moore, Texas; sister-in-laws, Krista and Melissa Moore, Mission, SD; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Nathaniel; her father, Terry Hanson; maternal grandparents Jimmie and Betty Cofer; paternal grandparents Arnold and Mavis Wittenhagen; and a great grandmother whom she loved dearly, Laura Hillard.