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Helen Cornelia (Floyd) Crawford
April 11, 1938 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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In tribute to a life well-lived, we remember Helen Cornelia Floyd Crawford, a beacon of warmth and kindness. She graced our lives with her unwavering love, infectious laughter, and boundless compassion.
Helen, who was born on April 11, 1938, in Newberry, S.C., was the fourth child of Governor and Jessie Mae Butler Floyd. She entered kindergarten in Newberry County in 1944 and formed lifelong friendships with a group of friends affectionately known as “The Big 8 plus 1”. Those friendships continue to this day.
Helen graduated from Gallman High School in Newberry, S.C. in 1956. She attended Allen University in Columbia, S.C. and graduated with a degree in Home Economics in 1960. She received her master’s degree in education from New York University in 1972. In 1963 Helen met the love of her life Franklyn R. Crawford, who preceded her in death. They married on March 29,1964. In March 1969 they welcomed their daughter Lisa Tahoe. The family lived in Bronx, New York until 1974. They moved to Englewood, New Jersey in June 1974. Helen touched the hearts of many through her work and service.
Her first job following college was as a dietician at Clara Maass Hospital in Belleville, New Jersey. She then moved to New York City to continue her work as a dietician at Beth Israel Hospital. Helen’s career as an educator began in the New York City Public School System at the James M. Kerian Junior High School in 1965. Over the years she developed a deep attachment to the school and to her students. She remained at James M. Kerian Junior High, in various roles, until her retirement 31 years later.
For over 35 years Helen was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Englewood in Englewood, N.J. She served on numerous church committees, including the Hospitality (Kitchen) Committee and the Chapel of the Four Children Scholarship Committee. She also served for many years as a church Trustee. Helen’s community involvement included running for Third Ward City Council, acting as a Girl Scout Troop leader, teaching evening cooking classes at Englewood’s Memorial House, and serving as a member of the Delta Nu chapter of The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
Helen developed a love of cooking during her teenage years while working in the mountains of North Carolina in the summers. After retiring, Helen’s continued love of cooking led her to start her own catering company called “Delectable Delights.” She and her “cooking buddies” catered many events and took trips to Barbados to experience more culinary delights. Helen was a pillar of strength during challenging times, offering solace and support to friends and family alike. Food was Helen’s “love language.” No matter the day or time, if you showed up at Helen’s house, she would greet you with a smile, welcome you in, and offer you a meal. She loved entertaining people in her home, and she lived life to the fullest. Most of the time you could find her with a word search, playing cards, or playing scrabble. In between, she loved entertaining people at her kitchen table and going to the casino. Helen’s energy, humor and generosity of spirit made her home a special place. You knew that if you visited Helen you were going to be welcomed, you were going to get sage advice, you were going to be fed, and you were going to laugh a great deal.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Lisa Tahoe, sisters Barbara Ward and Delores Marsh, sister-in-law Addie Bailey (Melvin), brother-in-law John D. Crawford (Sesheta) and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
As we bid farewell, let us carry forward the essence of Helen’s spirit – a reminder to embrace life with open arms, to cherish the bonds we share, and to live with the same grace and resilience that defined Helen’s journey. May the memories of Helen bring comfort to those who mourn, and may she find eternal peace in the embrace of the Lord.
A visitation with of the family of Helen Cornelia Floyd Crawford will take place at F.B. Pratt and Son Funeral Home located at 601 South Street, Newberry, S.C. 29108 on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 1pm – 3pm. Remarks to begin at 1:30 pm.
Celebration of the Life of Helen Cornelia Floyd Crawford will take place at First Baptist Church of Englewood located at 351 W. Englewood, Ave., Englewood, N.J. 07631 on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 11am. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chapel of the Four Children Scholarship Fund c/o First Baptist Church of Englewood; 351 W. Englewood, Ave., Englewood, N.J. 07631
For those unable to attend either event, but who would like to send video remarks to the family, we ask that you send your remarks to First Baptist Church of Englewood at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 10th. Please make sure all videos are shot horizontally.