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Chrystal Downs

March 21, 1983 — September 23, 2019

Chrystal Lynn Downs, 36, of Peoria, IL passed away at her residence on September 23, 2019. She was born on March 21, 1983 in Champaign, IL the daughter of Susan Downs. She survives.
She is survived by one brother: Joe Downs of Champaign, IL and her maternal grandmother: Mildred Downs of Arcola, IL. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Chrystal obtained 2 bachelor's degrees from Eureka College and a master's degree from Bradley University. She enjoyed working as a Community Support Specialist for Tazwood Center for Wellness in Pekin, IL.
She was a life-long learner. Chrystal loved to read and get to know topics that interested her on a deep level. She shared her sharp intellect and wit effortlessly.
Chrystal always knew how to make people laugh. Sometimes her silly humor would sneak up on you in the most unexpected ways and moments. Even though life wasn't always kind to her, Chrystal was resilient and saw what was good. She created light in other people's lives.
Her beloved dogs, Hank and Coco, loved her unconditionally. They will miss her very much.
Chrystal had music in her soul. She played the guitar, went to every concert she could, listened to her favorites constantly, and always introduced friends to the latest new artist or recording she loved.
She had the ability to make people feel at ease and if you were one of the lucky ones that she called a friend, she loved you fiercely. Chrystal loved to reminisce about college days and the bonds that were made there live on.
"And if the darkness is to keep us apart
And if the daylight feels like it's a long way off
And if your glass heart should crack
And for a second you turn back
Oh no, be strong"
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11am to 12pm at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka, IL. Funeral service will follow at 12pm. Beau Underwood and Scott Woolridge will officiate the service. Burial will be at Olio Township in Eureka.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS).
Online tributes and condolences may be made at


SEP 28. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)

Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home
508 South Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530

Funeral service

SEP 28. 12:00 PM (CDT)

Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home
508 South Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530

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