January 2, 1950 - September 5, 2017

Crystal Ann Whetstine of Apex, North Carolina passed away September 5, 2017 from heart complications at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, N.C. She was born January 2, 1950 in Morganton, N.C. to parents Nita Ann and Bennett Whetstine.

A graduate of Morganton High School and UNC-Chapel Hill, her 32-year career was spent at Southern Bell/AT&T Raleigh, N.C. An avid camera buff, she had traveled widely on photography tours both at home and abroad, visiting five continents. Her favorite was to Kenya on a photo safari where she took her best pictures. Crystal had a great love of nature, especially birds and cats. She was an avid swimmer and enjoyed walking.

She is survived by her sister, Nancy W. Prushinski of Hickory, N.C.; her brother, Barry Whetstine (Cindy) of Medford, Oregon; niece, Anna Prushinski of Charlotte, N.C. ; nephew Gabriel Whetstine (Jessica) of Medford, Ore.; and niece, Danielle Moody (Garner) and grand-nephew, Mason Garner of Portland, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Special thanks to Shannon and Jason Oakley and to Bryan Pittman for their contributions to Crystal’s quality care.

Per Crystal’s request there will be no service. Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice 3975 Robinson Rd. Newton, NC 28658 or to an animal rescue facility of your choice. Online tributes may be made on Jenkins Funeral Home website. Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Whetstine family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton, 828-464-1555.