Crystal (Rice) McDonald

  • "Crystal you will be missed .....I loved you and I don't..."
    - Stephen Dilley
  • "Crystal, you are so greatly missed. I miss your..."
    - Anjyla Krzynowek
  • "Crystal. I will read our text messages forever. I call your..."
    - Sasha Strand
  • "Crystal, this is Johnny Rice the son of your fathers..."
    - Johnny Rice
  • "Oh crystal... I wish so badly we could've hung out more..."
    - Ginny Kinne

Crystal Shannon (Rice) McDonald born February 15th, 1979 to the late Rose Agnes (Hootch) Rice and Charles Richard Rice; beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on March 20th, 2014 at her home in Fairbanks. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rose Rice and sister, Melinda Luper.

She is survived by her husband, John McDonald; children, John Royce "JR", Camilla "Mia" Rose and River Darrell; as well as her father, Charles Rice; sisters, Sandra Rice, Tasha (Rice) Hill and Jessie Rice; and brothers, Darrell Rice, Michael Luper and Darren Luper; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many friends across the state of Alaska.

Crystal was very bright and caring. One of her hobbies was to knit hats and scarves for the children at Denali Elementary to keep the under dressed children warm on cold winter days. She had a wonderful smile and sense of humor, always making people laugh with her sharp wit. There will be holes in the souls of all who knew her. Her spirit lives on through her three beautiful children. A service will be held at Witzleben Funeral Home, Wednesday, March 26th at 11 a.m.; followed by a potluck at the family home at 3341 Tarwater Ave, Anchorage, AK 99508. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alaska Literacy Council of Fairbanks.


Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2014