Friends of Chrystal will host a memorial on Thursday, March 9 at the First Congregational Church, located at 106 S. Bostwick Street in Charlotte, from 6 to 8 p.m. for Arlo and Chrystal Eaton. Arlo Eaton passed away February 19, 2009 and Chrystal Eaton passed away March 10, 2003.

This event is open for friends and family of Arlo and Chrystal Eaton. Please feel free to bring photos, stories, and wonderful memories. There will be additional photos, mementos, and a candle light vigil for both of them. This is an opportunity to honor their lives as they so positively lived them through their tireless willingness for helping those in need.

Arlo served his country in the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor during WWII. He was a Lieutenant with the Eaton County Sherriff’s Department and the Charlotte City Police Department, together totaling more than 25 years. Arlo and Fran Eaton operated Eaton Daycare together, and Arlo was an active board member with Friends of Chrystal. Arlo continues to be an Honorary Member of the board. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. He was a lifelong resident of Eaton County.

Chrystal was known for her lifelong achievements that included scholastic and athletic awards and records She made multiple academic school honor rolls, received awards for her drawings in art, and earned sports awards for karate, softball, baseball, track and volleyball. She played guitar, taught hip-hop dance, and was actively involved in her community. She volunteered and provided tours at the Courthouse Square Museum. She was also an active member of United States Naval Sea Cadet Corp in Lansing. Chrystal was known for her willingness to be open-minded in the areas of diversity, race, and cultural backgrounds.

Friends of Chrystal was founded on her birthday of May 1st, 2003 in loving memory of Chrystal. The mission for Friends of Chrystal is suicide detection and prevention for youth. There is no cost for membership, and all ages are welcome to attend. Friends of Chrystal meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at the First Congregational Church from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit for more information. Messages may be left at (517) 230-3487. You can also find Friends of Chrystal on Facebook.

Friends of Chrystal annually sends one USNSCC member for advanced sea cadet training in her memory.

Friends of Chrystal board members and other volunteers continually work with all members on a monthly basis in a support group setting. The program offers a safe and accepting environment where members can express their feelings and concerns with others who are going through similar experiences. The process involves members to learn new coping skills, builds self-esteem, and promotes positive problem resolutions in order to effectively work through a variety of issues. Friends of Chrystal is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

For immediate help, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-996-6228.



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Article submitted by Friends of Chrystal.