Krista Anne Kowalsky Stone
Birth: November 17, 1980
Death: February 24, 2013
Krista Anne Stone, 32, of Huntsville passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013 at her residence.
Funeral services will be 10 am Friday, March 1, 2013 at Dothan First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Stacy Turney officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Robert Byrd directing. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Flowers are being accepted or memorials may be made to Philip Cameron Ministries P.O. Box 241241, Montgomery, AL 36124.
Krista was born November 17, 1980 in Willimantic, CT. She moved to Dothan in 1997 and was a 1998 graduate of Northside Methodist Academy. She resided in Morgantown, WV prior to moving to Huntsville in 2011. She was employed with Crestwood Medical Center as the Assistant Director of Admissions. Krista was an accomplished pianist and deeply loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She was a member of The Rock Family Worship Center.
Survivors include her daughters, Kenna Faith Stone and Emily Jayne Stone; parents, Kathleen Kowalsky of Dothan, David (Lisa) Kowalsky of Headland; grandmother Anita Burkhart; brothers, John Kowalsky of Madison, TN, Joe Kowalsky of Courtland, CA, and Michael Kowalsky of Madison, TN; sisters, Jacque (Kalen) Stovall of Dothan, and Katie Lyn Kowalsky of Dothan; nieces and nephews, Neal Stovall, Oliver Kowalsky, Kierlyn Joy Lattig, Garren Stone Lattig, and Kadence Hope Lattig.
Robert Byrd of Sunset Funeral Home, (334) 983-6604, is in charge of arrangements.
Burial: Sunset Memorial park, Midland City, Dale County, Alabama, USA
The Dothan Eagle
Matt Elofson – Feb 11, 2014
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The alleged killer of a former Dothan woman and her young son will be examined by a mental health expert after questions of his competency to stand trial were recently raised.
Huntsville Police charged 34-year-old Stephen Marc Stone on Feb. 25, 2013, in the deaths of his wife, 32-year-old Krista Kowalsky Stone, and 7-year-old son Zachary Landon Stone.
A Madison County grand jury returned a two-count felony capital murder indictment against Stone, charging him with the murder of two or more people and murder of a victim under the age of 14.
Court records show Madison County Circuit Court Judge Donna S. Pate ordered Stone to be evaluated by Dr. Doug McKeown, a certified forensic examiner who is also a Dothan psychologist. The judge ordered Stone to be evaluated through the regional outpatient program contracted with the state Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
The court made the order after finding reasonable grounds existed to question Stone’s competency to stand trial and mental state at the time of the offenses. The court ordered the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to make Stone available for the evaluation, including his transportation for the outpatient visit.
The judge also ordered the examiner to complete a report to include the defendant’s mental condition relating to his ability to understand the charges pending against him and whether he can assist his attorney in his defense.
The court also said the report should include the condition causing the incompetency if it exists, the most appropriate type and place of treatment and the likelihood of the defendant attaining competency under treatment.
As part of the order, all criminal proceedings are suspended against Stone until the court has received the report from the state Department of Mental Health.
Officers with the Huntsville Police Department found Krista Stone and her son Zachery Stone dead in their home on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, after responding to the home for a welfare check.
The indictment against Stephen Stone charged him with choking his wife with his hands and killing his son in similar manner, with the additional allegation he also drowned his son.
Krista was my boss at Crestwood. She was a joy to know and so great to us all. She was always there with and easy smile and an encouraging word. There is no way to express how much she will be missed. We often talked of God and Church. I know that He was there to greet another angel when she left us. May God hold you all in the palms of his hands. You all are in my prayers.
All of us from the NMA class of 1998 were so grieved to learn of Krista and Zach’s passing. Many of us had enjoyed reconnecting through facebook and have many fond memories of Krista from our Senior year and at our 10 year reunion. Our prayers and thoughts are constantly with all of the family and friends left behind. May the Lord give you peace and comfort during the days and years ahead.
Krista was one in a million. I loved her character and her smile but mostly her charming wit and her ability to say things straight. I will miss her terribly. Please take care and know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.