Gabrielle Crahan
1996 - 2019
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Gabrielle Crahan

Johnston - Gabrielle Maxine Crahan, 22, of Johnston, Iowa, passed away on Saturday May 18th, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Gabrielle, also known as Gabi, was born September 27th, 1996 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. The daughter of M. Shawn and Chantel (Noyes) Crahan. She attended Sayre Montessori for preschool and elementary school before moving onto Johnston Middle School, graduating early from Johnston Senior High School In 2015.

She was a cheerleader and a social butterfly. Everyone that met Gabrielle knew of her outgoing personality, cheerful attitude, compassion and loving heart. She was a natural leader and stood up for those who were bullied and misunderstood. She was a feminist and a supporter of human rights and equality. Gabrielle's passions included dogs, especially pit bulls and the don't bully my breed movement. She enjoyed music, especially hip hop and country. She loved to read, go to concerts and spend time with her friends.

Growing up, Gabrielle loved playing with her sister, brothers and cousins. She liked playing with dolls, playing outside and dressing in glittery clothes and go go boots. A beach girl at heart, she loved swimming and tubing at the lake, riding her long board and feeling the sun shine on her face. She considered Colorado her second home. Her favorite TV shows were Will and Grace, Prison Break, and Shameless. She loved Tim Burton movies and played World of Warcraft.

Gabrielle had a lot of dreams for her future such as traveling with her family and friends around the world, getting married and having children.

Gabrielle was human and struggled with drug addiction for several years. She fought it bravely and no matter how many times she fell, she would always get back up again. Not only did she fight for herself, but for others who struggled as well. If there was anything she wanted to leave behind in her memory, it was standing up for others, always being empathetic and compassionate and never giving up on the battle against addiction.

In her last years she found a higher power which guided her through the tough times and the good.

Gabrielle is survived by her parents M. Shawn and Chantel of Johnston; her sister Alexandria (Ian) of Urbandale; her brothers Gage and Simon of Johnston; and her pit bull Mya.

She is also survived by her cousins, aunts, uncles and many, many friends. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Mike and Mary Crahan; her maternal grandparents, Richard and Lois Noyes; and her cousin Sam.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Iles Funeral Home in Des Moines. The funeral will be held Sunday, May 26th at 11:30am at the Scottish Rite Consistory in Des Moines. Condolences and cards may be directed to Iles Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines, Iowa. Flowers may be directed to the Scottish Rite Consistory, 519 Park Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.

The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support from all over the world.

If you take anything from Gabrielle's passing, we hope that you will hold your loved ones closer, embrace the sunshine, and be grateful for each day.

"Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone."




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Published in the Des Moines Register from May 22 to May 23, 2019.
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July 10, 2019
I know the excruciating pain that comes with losing a loved one. It's fairly recent. And although I don't know the Crahan family personally, aside from being familiar with Shawn's music, I just wanted you all to know that you deserve nothing but loving support from everyone around you. My deepest sympathies are with you always.
Chris M
June 10, 2019
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May 29, 2019
The loss of a loved one is never easy. Take comfort in the memories that you have & remember that she will always be with you.
Crahan family : I praise & thank you for your honesty..
Addiction doesn't care how rich & famous or how lonely &poor you are. It effects everyone in some way or another.
Stay strong , fight on.
May your hearts heal with time & your loved one find the comfort & peace she was searching for.
T.E.S.
May 28, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your dear one.
Please take comfort from your fond memories and the
promise found at Isaiah 33:25.
L Rae
May 28, 2019
So sorry may she rest in peace so beautiful she was
Michael Pierazek
May 27, 2019
I normally don't follow or comment on the news I see or read but for some reason I felt drawn to this young lady and the grief her family is now facing.I am deeply sorry for your loss and I feel the goodness of her spirit for some odd reason and I'm heartbroken for your family as I'm sure you've heard or read way to much in these past few days.i am sure she will go on to be great and finally at peace without all her worries and regrets .She will be proud of how her family has kept her name and her spirit alive and not tarnished by what we all have is addictions of some sort .my heartfelt condolences.S.D. Denver,Colo.
Shayne Duarte
May 27, 2019
My condolences to the family and friends of this beautiful person. I know she will be greatly missed by not only her family and friends but by every life she touched. May GOD give you peace and understanding about her death. I also pray that GOD will have mercy on her soul.
Ronnie Harper
May 27, 2019
My prayers go out to the crahan family i know its gonna hurt alot but just remember she loved all of you. If you or anybody else needs to talk im always here
Hayden Richards
May 27, 2019
Shawn. My condolences to your family. By the way. I'm a HUGE fan of Slipknot.
Jamea Petrone
May 27, 2019
My deepest condolences go out to the Crahan family. I'm so sorry for your lost.
Mandy Jonas
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May 27, 2019
Crahan family,
I am so sorry for the loss of Gabrielle. While words can never take away the sorry or grief you are feeling, I hope you take comfort in knowing you are in the thoughts of so many. Gabrielle's beautiful memory will live on forever in everyone she met and everything she touched. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Michael Balitchik
Michael Balitchik
May 27, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear this. She looked like a happy young woman though. Treasure your memories w/ her, & especially your photos. R.I.P. baby girl. You will suffer no more.
Karla Allison
May 27, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear this. She looked like a happy young woman though. Treasure your memories w/ her, & especially your photos. R.I.P. baby girl. You will suffer no more.
Karla Allison
May 26, 2019
Rest in peace sweet little Gabby.
Sorry for your loss Crahan Family, just know you're little angel is flowing bright up in heaven.
Sarah Refaat
May 26, 2019
Gabi changed my life, forever and for the better. She was so down to earth and caring even though in my mind, I didn't understand how such a radiant and obviously had a million friends would ever actually want to hangout with me. I mean she could befriend anybody and she would make their lives that much better. The strength and courage to fight everyday will never be forgotten,
My prayers and thoughts are with Shaun and his family, I could never imagine what you're going through but I do hope that it helps that you brought into this world and raised an amazing caring and more than anything, empathetic which is hard to come by. You did such an amazing job and because of that hundreds of people's lives were touched with her love.
Chelsea Melton
May 26, 2019
I am truly sorry for your loss Crahan family. As a father of two, I can't even fathom this event taking place. Utterly soul crushing. Sending love to you all forever,
Love-William
William Bryant
May 26, 2019
To the Crahan family:
So sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Gabrielle. You are in my family's thoughts and prayers.
Chris Volden
May 26, 2019
to all Crahan family my deepest sympathies.
Pierre Auger
May 24, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss ... your family is my prayers.
Kari Lopez
May 23, 2019
To the Crahan family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Gabrielle. While words can never take away the sorry or grief you are feeling, I hope you take comfort in knowing you are in the thoughts of so many. Gabrielle's beautiful memory will live on forever in everyone she met and everything she touched. All my love, Crystal xo
Crystal Lee
May 23, 2019
I am saddened to hear this. I have been a fan of Slipknot since I was 12 or 13 years old. I send my prayers and condolences to the Crahan family, especially Shawn. The world will never be the same without her. May Gabrielle rest in peace.
Joseph
May 22, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose a loved one in death. Our heavenly Father is very aware and understands the pain you feel. He will give you comfort. (Psalms 86:6,7) Your family has my deepest sympathy.
F.D.
May 22, 2019
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May 22, 2019
My heart breaks for your family. I got to know Gabi on a very personal level years ago and stayed in touch always. She was a radiant young lady and no matter what, she will always be remembered as a caring and kindhearted girl. I will miss her terribly.
Sarah Estes
May 22, 2019
So sorry for your loss of Gabrielle, My heart goes out to all of you today, tomorrow and the days/years ahead.
Diane Pettiecord
May 22, 2019
Jennifer Stuart
May 22, 2019
Alex and family,
We grieve such a young life, yet some are put on this earth to make a difference in a short amount of time.
Your sister did that. Thank you for such a beautiful and honest tribute. She will always live in your heart!!! Our deepest sympathy
Meredith and Patti Conway
May 22, 2019
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May 22, 2019
To my life long friend Shaun and the family, my heart is heavy for you all, but I know almighty Lord Jesus has you all in his hands and will guide you all to peace and comfort in this tragic time. I never knew Gabby, I truly believe she emulated her father, outgoing, funny, and a true friend to all. Shaun and I went to grade school/high school Dowling high, and he was always dear to me, I often thought of him as the "Eddie Haskel " of my childhood. When I heard of this loss, my heart cried for my buddy, but I know that she is flying with the angels, she's perfect, and at peace and truly showing her love in all in God's kingdom. May almighty God shine perpetual light on her forever! To my friend, Shaun and Channel, and the family, I carry you all in my prayers and thoughts. All my love to the M.Shaun Crahan family and God Bless you all. Regards and my sympathies David J Serpento, Lacona, Ia
May 22, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as we mourn the loss of such a bright and beautiful soul.
May her memory be eternal.
Julie Hyland
May 22, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of such a bright and beautiful soul. May Gabby's memory be eternal.
Julie Hyland
May 22, 2019
My deepest sympathies to you all at this very sad time. May she go with love and light.

Much love and respect from Karen, Lee and Dylan Lawson, Brisbane, Australia xx
Karen Lawson
May 22, 2019
So sorry for you loss. Thoughts and prayers with you and the family.
May 22, 2019
SO SORRY FOR UR LOSS MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HER FAMILY AT THIS DIFFACULT TIME
May 21, 2019
So sorry with deepest sympathy may God's greatest Idea LOVE carry your family through this tough time.
Don Bailey
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