Crystal Marie James Hillyard passed away Aug. 17 at her home in Erda. Crystal was born on Dec. 19, 1969 to D. Alan James and Patricia Nelson Mattsson in Shirley, Mass. She was raised in Tooele, graduating from Tooele High School in 1988. From a young age she was raised by her mom and a very special step-father, Lee Edward Mattsson. Crystal married Heath D. Hillyard and they had two wonderful sons, Heath Dalton and Claye Michael Hillyard. Crystal and Heath shared a love for horses. She had competed for years in various events, but enjoyed riding with both Heath and her sons the most. Preceded in death by her grandfather and grandmother, Elroy and Artella Nelson and grandfather, Donald Arthur James as well as many aunts and uncles, along with three special cousins, Gerald and Rick Vowles and Derek Nelson. Besides her family and friends she leaves behind many kids that she mentored and cared for who will miss her. A celebration of her life will be held later at the Hillyard home on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at 1216 West Erda Way.