SALINA — Crystal Lea Palmer-Mongeau, 31, of Salina passed away Monday afternoon at her parents’ home after a nearly three-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Crystal was born in Hays on June 18, 1981, to Robert Palmer and Karen (Ptacek) Palmer Bond.
She was a 1999 graduate of Lucas-Luray High School and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Kansas. Crystal and Joe Mongeau were united in marriage March 10, 2012. Crystal worked as a caseworker for St. Francis Community Services in Great Bend, as a school counselor in Clearwater, and as a mental health therapist at High Plains Mental Health Center in Hays.
Survivors include her husband Joe and her step-son, Cody; her mother Karen and step-father Greg Bond, Wilson Lake Estates; three brothers, Terrol (Emilie), Lawrence, and daughter Clara; Justin, St. Louis, Mo.; and Kevin (Krysta), Luray, and daughters, Kadence and Keira; two sisters, Amy (Jared Erickson), Kansas City, Mo., and children Audrey and John; and Erica Palmer, Lawrence; a step-brother, James Bond (Jenifer), Tupelo Miss., and son Tristan; a step-sister, Sharian Spencer (Martin), Santa Monica, Calif., and children Jack, Henry, and Caroline; maternal grandmother Flossie Malsom of Great Bend and her husband and step-grandfather Tony Malsom; and paternal grandmother Elissa Palmer, Lucas.
Her father preceded her in death in 1995.
The funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Queen of Angels, Russell.
Memorials may be made to FHSU Cameau Catholic Campus Center, Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer lnstitute; or Catholic Charities, all of Hays, in care of Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, Lucas KS, 57648.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 26, 2012