Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA


Edith Crews Duffield

20 February, 192818 November, 2019

Edith Crews Duffield , 91, of Monroe, formerly of Madison Heights, widow of Robert Carlyle Duffield, departed this life at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Toni and Kelly Dean on Monday, 18th of November. She was born on February 20, 1928, in Crystal Hill, Va. She was the daughter of the late James Edward Crews and Isabelle Roarke Crews. She graduated from Madison Heights High School at the age of 16 and went to work in Tarrytown, NY before returning to Madison Heights and marrying Robert Carlyle Duffield to whom she was married for 42 years. Edith, better known as “Duffield” was a homemaker/child caregiver to over three generations of children in Madison Heights. She loved music, reading, sewing, working outside, and sharing meals with family and friends. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother James Edward Crews, Jr. Surviving are her children, Toni Dean (Kelly) of Monroe, Bob Wheeler (Lindsay) of Floyd, Suzanne Bryant (Jerry), of Madison Heights, Mike Duffield (Dana) of Madison Heights, and Tim Duffield (Bobbie) of Monroe. Grandchildren include Melissa Dean of Madison Heights, Josh Dean (Erica) of Willow Springs, NC, Tony Santini (Sharon) of Forest, Tandi Williams (Jason) of Mechanicsville, Vinnie Santini of Lynchburg, and Mary Elizabeth Elder of Madison Heights, Linessa ,Robert, Riley and Rex Wheeler of Floyd, VA and ten great-grand-children. She is also survived by her sisters, Joann Woody of Madison Heights, Jean Thorp of Midlothian, Bettie Carwile of Shipman, Dot Freeman of Madison Heights, and Phyllis Ewers (Wyndol) of Madison Heights. A memorial service will be held at Whitten Monelison Chapel on Saturday, November 23, at 11am. The family will receive friends and family following the service at the Chapel until 1pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Monelison Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 56 Madison Heights, Va. 24572. A special thanks goes to Melissa Dean, Dot Freeman, and Debbie Burks for all the help they gave during Edith’s illness.


  • James E. Crews, Father (deceased)
  • Isabelle R. Crews, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert C. Duffield, Husband (deceased)
  • Toni Dean (Kelly), Daughter
  • Bob Wheeler (Lindsay), Son
  • Suzanne Bryant (Jerry), Daughter
  • Mike Duffield (Dana), Son
  • Tim Duffield (Bobbie), Son
  • Melissa Dean, Grandchild
  • Josh Dean (Erica), Grandchild
  • Tony Santini (Sharon), Grandchild
  • Tandi Williams (Jason), Grandchild
  • Vinnie Santini, Grandchild
  • Mary Elizabeth Elder, Grandchild
  • Linessa Wheeler, Grandchild
  • Robert Wheeler, Grandchild
  • Riley Wheeler, Grandchild
  • Rex Wheeler, Grandchild
  • Joann Woody, Sister
  • Jean Thorp, Sister
  • Bettie Carwile, Sister
  • Dot Freeman, Sister
  • Phyllis Ewers (Wydol), Sister
  • She is also survived by 10 great grandchildren.

  • Monelison Volunteer Rescue Squad



  • Memorial Service Saturday, 23 November , 2019


  • Visitation Following Service


Edith Crews Duffield

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Carolyn Creasy

22 November 2019

Toni and Kelly,
I just found out about your Mom. I’m sorry I’m unable to make it to the service tomorrow, wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you so much. Your Mom is in good hands just like she was with you. Rest In Peace Mrs. Duffield. 💕💕🙏🏻🙏🏻

Dawn Hunt Schmitz

22 November 2019

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be out of town but wanted to let you know we are thinking about you all 🙏💞🙏

Anngrey’ Saputo

20 November 2019

Cousin Edith was one of my favorite childhood memories Every time momma would say they were coming to visit I got excited. She was so down to earth and full of love. Will always think of you and smile