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Emily Edelen Crawford

Emily Edelen Crawford

April 3, 1947 - July 25, 2020     Age: 73

Emily Edelen Crawford, of Amelia Island, Florida died July 25, 2020 at the age of 73 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer ’s disease.

She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 3, 1947 to the late Dr. Charles and Emily Edelen (Newman). She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and attended the University of Louisville.

Emily was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to the ones she loved and will be remembered for her energetic spirit, passion and kindness. The memories of Emily’s love for painting, decorating, great food, dance parties, flowers, summers on Lake Charlevoix and her sense of humor will remain forever in the hearts of all who knew her. Emily could skeet shoot, slalom ski and throw the best themed parties.

She was active in her community and learned and grew from her experiences volunteering with Micah’s Place, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Amelia Island Chapel and the Junior League of Jacksonville. Emily was a proponent for strong female friendships as she cherished the ladies of the Game and Wildlife Commission. They are the extraordinary women whose strength and sense of fun enriched Emily’s life on Amelia Island for several decades.

Emily is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, John Crawford; daughters Polly Crawford (Leslie Toro) of Middletown, Virginia and Winston Wiant (James) of Atlanta, Georgia and two beautiful granddaughters, Fulton and Campbell Wiant.

She is also survived by her sister Katherine Tichenor; brother, Charles Edelen; sister-in-law Anne Edelen; nieces, Elizabeth Anderson, Caroline Gates and Campbell Lloyd and nephews Sam English, Barnett English and Barnett Edelen along with eleven great nieces and one great nephew. Emily was preceded in death by her brother Dr. Owen Edelen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Micah’s Place of Fernandina Beach or Vitas Hospice of Jacksonville.

10 Condolences

  • Harriet Bray Posted July 28, 2020 12:34 pm

    John,
    I am saddened to learn of Emily’s passing. She was a gem and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Harriet

  • Pam Simmons Posted July 28, 2020 6:59 pm

    John,Polly & Winston…Emily was so much fun and I loved Working on charities together and becoming friends.. I have Such fond memories and it’s those memories we will treasure forever ! Sending love and prayers to all! Pam and Steve Simmons

  • David Harris Posted July 29, 2020 6:31 am

    John, So sorry for your loss. May God go with you.

  • MARCY MOCK Posted July 29, 2020 12:47 pm

    John, Polly and Winston, So very sorry. Emily was so special. She will be missed. Will keep you in our prayers. Take good care. Marcy and Billy Mock

  • Leslie Cubbage Posted July 29, 2020 4:08 pm

    John, Polly and Winston. I’m so sorry to hear of Emily‘s passing. She was truly an amazing woman and had a smile that absolutely Would light up a room. She will be greatly missed by all the people who were fortunate to know her. Much love always, Leslie Cubbage

  • Shelly and Dickie Anderson Posted July 31, 2020 1:33 pm

    Will miss that bright smile!

  • Joy McClane Posted July 31, 2020 6:42 pm

    Dearest John, Winston and Polly,

    My heart is surely broken. I had no idea that Beautiful Emily was ill, and I feel so badly. Miss Emily, was, to me, such an elegant and gentle woman. I know how dearly she loved you all…her soft and soothing presence was always such an inspiration to me. I will never forget her unique loveliness. My heart is with you all. I watched you Girls grown up… Polly and Winston and you were certainly your Mother’s Heart. John…gosh, Darling, you have lost the light of your Life. That I know. I also know that love like yours never, ever goes away. I send you love and prayers for God’s comfort and peace. With all the love that is left, Joy McClane

  • Janice Ancrum Posted July 31, 2020 8:33 pm

    On behalf of the Nassau County Council on Aging, we send condolences to Emily’s family. May her family find comfort in her great memories. We will miss her soft and beautiful spirit. ❤️

  • Jim Mayo Posted August 1, 2020 7:26 am

    Like so many I did not know Emily was ill. If it is so hard for me to comprehend this community without her vibrant personality and compassionate spirit how terribly difficult this must be for you. One of the many pleasures of serving on a committee with Emily was the opportunity to be updated on her grandchildren in whom she took considerable pride. May they grow up to remember their grandmother, an extraordinary woman, with equal pride.

  • Carol Wyatt Posted August 5, 2020 10:30 am

    I send my sympathy to you John and to Polly and Winston.

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