OBITUARY: Krystal Rae Finney Vernon May 20, 1982 – July 21, 2014

KRYSTAL RAE FINNEY VERNON May 20, 1982 – July 21, 2014

Krystal Rae Finney (Kryssie Vernon) of Los Alamos (formerly of Roswell, NM) passed away in her sleep July 21, 2014.

Born May 20, 1982 in Lawton, Okla., she is survived by her husband Mark Vernon; her mother and father, Leandra and Herb Finney; brother, Andrew Finney; sister, Adair Buck; niece Ashlee Marie Buck, brother in-law Roger Buck; grandparents, Clif and Billie Mann; aunt and uncle, Gae and Sonny Mann, and niece Sunny Leanne Mann; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joyce and Carl Vernon, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Tracey Vernon, nephew, Benjamin Vernon and niece, Madelyn Vernon and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Kryssie Vernon and Mark Vernon. Courtesy photo

She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary Leandra Mann.

She had many very close friends that loved her dearly. She was a 2000 graduate of Goddard High School, and a seeker of knowledge her whole life. The rest of us are left with a hole in our world. We lost a wife, daughter, friend, teacher, student and biologist. We will miss her sense of fun, her creative mind behind the beautiful crafts, and her joyous love of nature.

Kryssie Vernon with her dogs. Courtesy photo

A Memorial Service was held in Los Alamos. Memorials may be made by planting something to honor her: a tree, flowers or just digging in the dirt and feeding the bacteria in the soil around us all.

She fought for years against the assault of rheumatoid arthritis, but now she is finally free from her constant pain. Gifts may be made in her memory to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation at