Crystal Dawn Burkhardt, 16, of Ozark Acres died Aug. 24, 2002, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Born April 28, 1986, in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of Robert and Robin Sowers.
She was a junior at Williford High School. She excelled in her education, making the honor roll and participated in several extra curricular activities and clubs such as FFA, medical arts, Aspire, Spanish Club, Beta Club, and FBLA in which she was secretary. Upon receiving her driver's license, she made the decision to be an organ donor, which was honored.
Survivors include her father, Robert Burkhardt of Indianapolis; her mother and stepfather, Robin and Bob Sowers of Ozark Acres; two sisters -- Tracy Burkhardt and Heather Sowers; a brother, Timothy Berry; a nephew, Dakota Burkhardt; and her grandparents -- Marie Burkhardt, Larry and Jeannie Johnson, and Betty Sowers.
A memorial service was Aug. 27 at Williford High School with the Rev. Dennis Tinsman officiating, with tributes from Mr. Teadwell, teacher; Lana Richmond, best friend; Patti Ikemire, aunt; and her mother's letter read by her father.