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Crystal Leigh Forrider Sims
Crystal Leigh Forrider SimsFlagCrystal Leigh Forrider Sims, 53 of Galloway died Saturday, November 6, 2021 at OSU Medical Center. She was born August 27, 1968 in Zanesville.

She worked as a Vet Tech for The Ohio State University. Before that, she served our country in the U. S. Navy in Asia as well as the Persian Gulf during the first Gulf War. Crystal loved her cats, family, and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Craig Allen Sims of Galloway. They were together since their first date on November 15, 2009. Also surviving are her father, Gerald Ray (Linda) Forrider, Richwood; her mother, Donna Jean (McElfresh) Boley, Zanesville; her siblings, Scot Forrider, Florida; Deb Knaup, Zanesville; and Bob Boley, Duncan Falls.

Memorial services will be Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 4:00 PM at the Fulton Creek Friends Church where friends may call one hour prior to the service, beginning at 3:00 pm. Pastor Art Minnehan, Jr. will officiate, and military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans. Private burial will take place at Hopewell Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society (www.columbushumane.org), 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct, Hilliard, OH 43026.

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#1 from: Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
Sun, Nov 7, 2021 at 5:57 PM

Gerald and family - We are so very sorry to learn of the death of your daughter.  Always remember all of the happy times spent together.  With our sincere sympathy, Fred and Rita (Rubeck) Parker  RHS 1962

#2 from: Pastor Pete & Pam Peters
Hampton, VA
Sun, Nov 7, 2021 at 9:19 PM

Our sincere sympathies to Gerald and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort your hearts.

#3 from: VICKE COHEN
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 7:29 AM

Craig and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Crystal was such a  sweet and kind person. She was my first docent friend and a great buddy at the zoo.  We did our mentoring together and would often volunteer together in a region.  Always sitting together at the volunteer dinners. I shall never forget her kindness.

#4 from: Beth Makley
Columbus OH
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 8:02 AM

Iím so sorry to hear of Crystalís passing. I have many fond memories of working with her when I was new at OSU. She was always ready to answer my innumerable questions and she cared deeply for the animals we worked with. You are all in my thoughts and Iíll be donating in her name to the shelter.

#5 from: Sue Allison Roberts
Brooksville, Florida
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 9:04 AM

Dear Craig and family,
I met Crystal when we were in CSCC to become licensed Vet Techs.  Everyone who met her, loved her.  There was no denying her warm, genuine smile and kindness.  I was so happy when she became a Zoo Docent and I could see her more often, again.  She was one of a kind and the world is a better place for having her here.   She just wasnt here long enough.  Iím so, so sorry.

#6 from: Bev Larson
Lewis Center, Ohio
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 11:06 AM

I met Crystal when she became a docent at the Zoo. I had only seen her once since she left the program but I will cherish the memory of our visit to the circus in Marion about four years ago. She was such an upbeat person, despite her health challenges. Sending my sincere condolences to her husband, her family, and everyone who loved her.

#7 from: Liz Brooks
Pickerington, OH
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 11:10 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of Crystal's passing. I had the pleasure of working with her for the last 10 years. She was always a joy to be around and took great pride in her work. She was a light in our department that will be sorely missed.

#8 from: Pat Krebehenne
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 1:55 PM

So sorry for your loss. Cherish your precious memories. Your faith family and friends will get you through this very difficult time. Sincerely Pat Krebehenne

#9 from: Tara A. Fisher
Tipp City, Ohio
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 2:39 PM

To Crystal's family, I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Crystal through our time together at Columbus State Vet Tech Program.  I remember feeling so comfortable around her right away. She was so kind and genuine.  She had a great sense of humor and her smile and laughter lit up the room. She had a passion and talent for helping people and animals alike.  I know she had a strong faith and is very much alive in Heaven. Her beautiful light will continue to shine through those she loved and those who were blessed to know her.

#10 from: Row Penix
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 2:51 PM

So sorry to hear of your daughters passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You!

#11 from: Dan and Darlene Foos
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 9:41 PM

We extend our deepest sympathy to you all, so sorry to hear this .
God Be With you!

#12 from: Sharion Frazier
Columbus, OH
Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 10:08 AM

So Blessed to Have Known Your Sweet Spirit-
I Loved Your Ways With the Animals You'd Tend-
I'm So Sad For Us All That You've Left Us--
Good Bye Crystal- I will Miss You, My Friend.@

To All Who Knew Her and Love Her--
My Deepest Sympathy--
I Grieve With Thee--

#13 from: Judy Hall Baker
Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 10:09 AM

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

#14 from: Nancy Clute Wiley
Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 10:14 AM

So sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and Prayers are with you and the family.

#15 from: Bob and Connie Peterson
Chandlersville, Ohio
Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 8:45 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy goes to the family of Crystal.

#16 from: Yvette Nout-Lomas
Laporte Colorado
Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 9:15 PM

My condolences to Crystal's family. I am so saddened by the news of her passing. I worked with Crystal at OSU 2003-2006 and remember her deep care for all animals, horses included. She will be so missed. What a lady with a heart of gold.

#17 from: Jennifer Gilyard
Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 9:31 PM

I am so sorry to here of the loss of Crystal.  I met Crystal in 1987 in the Navy, from Florida, to California, to Illinois.  I made my first trip to Chicago with that girl!  We eventually lost touch but were able to reconnect on Facebook many years later.  She was the sweetest person I think I had ever met and feel so fortunate to have known her.  I am so saddened for her friends and family. She was truly special!

#18 from: Rochelle Deibert
Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 12:54 PM

My deepest sympathy to Crystalís family. I am so saddened by the news of her passing. I had the pleasure of working with Crystal at Ohio State.  She was a kind and compassionate person and will be missed.

#19 from: Anikka S
Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 1:01 PM

My time with Crystal was very short but in that time I felt her warmth and kindness that all know her for. She truly was very sweet and will be greatly missed.

Her family is in my thoughts during this difficult time.

#20 from: Tracey (Hecker) Cornely
Tavares, Florida
Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 2:29 PM

Crystal and I go back to her days at the YMCA as instructors. We continued our friendship for years after that but lost touch recently. Never forgot about her kind, gentle nature and her love of animals. Find peace in knowing she touched many lives.

#21 from: Michelle Salerno
North Rose, NY
Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 2:38 PM

My sincere condolences to Crystal's husband, parents, family, and friends.  Please know that her friends in the industry will miss her greatly and we greive with you.      
I met Crystal through AALAS.  We shared multiple conversations and ideas on animal welfare and care.  She was such a caring, giving person and so easily a fast friend.  Her devotion and dedication to the animals in her care was remarkable!  

#22 from: Marc
Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 5:16 PM

This is such sad news, Crystal will be greatly missed. Crystal was a great working partner and always had a warm smile and kind word. Her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Marc Wohlfeil / Allentown LLC

#23 from: Laura Ingram
Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 8:47 AM

To Crystal's Family - it is hard to know what to say when such a shining light leaves this earth. I was lucky enough to be one of Crystal's Docent mentors at the Zoo, and you could tell immediately just how lovely and special she was. I enjoyed all the time I was blessed to spend with her. I am truly sorry for your loss.  

#24 from: Phillip Seiter
Sun, Nov 14, 2021 at 8:20 AM

We are so sorry to learn of Crystal's death. Eric and Erin remember her. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. We are unable to attend the service at Fulton Creek but we will be there in spirit.
Phill and Linda Seiter

#25 from: Terri Shaffer
Blacklick Ohio
Sun, Nov 14, 2021 at 7:04 PM

Crystal is Love and Lightóin the most purest form. I feel that she is now free to be the Angelic being that so many of us new her to be. Only now she can spread her wings and fly, no longer grounded in her human existence. You will be missed in the physical my friend but I know you are going to be doing amazing things on the other side!  Endless love to you and your family!!!

#26 from: Tara Martin
Ann Arbor, MI
Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 2:28 PM

I met Crystal during my veterinary residency where we often spent time caring for animals together. Crystal was always a pleasure to talk to. She was skilled and thoughtful with the animals and you could tell they enjoyed working with her, too. I remember Crystal using treats once to teach an animal to stand still in just the right position for veterinary exams. This kind of thoughtfulness and care for the animals' experience really shows what a kind person Crystal was, but of course she was even kinder to the people she knew. Crystal will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing her. I send my sincere condolences to all of her family and friends.

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