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A local family picks up the pieces

Couple takes children after their daughter's meth overdose


February 26, 2018

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Debe VandenBoom, from left, her grandchildren Lillie, Paige and Salem, her husband, Ron, and, their dog Pepper pose for a photograph with a tribute to the children's mother, Crystal Estell.

Crystal Estell died of a meth overdose Jan 7. She was 37. She left behind three children, two parents and a long trail of wounded loved ones.

The ravage of drugs, Crystal's parents Ron and Debe VandenBoom said Tuesday, slither beyond the life of the user. Drugs shake the lives of everyone connected to the user.

"Life is full of choices. You make the wrong choice, you pay the price and other people pay it as well. Your actions are not alone," Ron said.

Crystal grew up in Havre and graduated Havre High School. Her parents said Crystal began dabbling with drugs right after high school.


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