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Crystal Meadows


September 17, 2020

Funeral service for Crystal Meadows was held Monday, September 14, 2020 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Charlie Gulley officiating; interment followed at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. The service was live-streamed at at Crystal’s obituary page; with a recording available after.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date for all family and friends.

Crystal LeAnn Thomas was born October 24, 1956 to Joe and Elaine (Knigge) Thomas in Kimball, Nebraska. The family moved to Gillette, Wyoming in 1963 where Crystal attended school, graduating from Campbell County High School in 1975.

She attended college in Rapid City and began working at the Gillette News-Record shortly thereafter in the 1970s until her retirement at Pine Haven, Wyoming in 2016.

Crystal married Allen Tarter in 1982 and they had two children, Jamie Lee and Adrian Ray. Crystal and Roger Meadows married in 1991.

Crystal cherished her family and friends. She embodied the sweetness and generosity that brought everyone together. Having two grandchildren, Bailey Marie and Marshall Raylan Sinks, was the highlight of her life.

Crystal and Roger loved Keyhole and the Keyhole community. They embraced the people and the lifestyle. Crystal felt blessed to have every day there and still be close to her dad, Joe Thomas in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

Crystal died at the age of 63 on Monday, September 7, 2020 following an unexpected cardiac episode at her home in Pine Haven.

She is survived by her husband, Roger; daughter, Jamie (Tony) Sinks of Minatare, Nebraska; son, Adrian Tarter of Gillette; granddaughter, Bailey Sinks, grandson, Marshall Sinks; father, Joe Thomas of Belle Fourche, SD; sister Pamela Thomas of Sturgis, SD; brother, Randy (Yan) Thomas of Midland, TX; nephews, John, Chris and Robert; niece, Joanna, great-nephew, Abel; brothers-in-law, Tommy, Don (Patsy), and Gary; sisters-in-law, Janice (Tom), Ruth Ann, Connie (Randy); stepson, Roger; step-grandson, Brennan; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and several special friends, all dear, too numerous to mention.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Elaine Thomas in 2015.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made out to Pine Haven Senior Center. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at


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