Helen Boothe Crumbley

Helen Boothe Crumbley of Pulaski died peacefully at the age of 95 on Aug. 10, 2013 in her home. The daughter of Desmond Fisher Boothe and Harry Horton Boothe, Helen grew up in Pulaski County, where she began many wonderful friendships that she maintained throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; her younger brother, Jack Boothe, and her husband of 62 years, Jesse Charles Crumbley Jr.

After graduating from Pulaski High School, where she excelled at basketball and having fun, Helen attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg. During World War II she met and married Charlie Crumbley and they lived in locations around the U.S. while he served as an Army officer. After the war, they settled in Pulaski.

While busy taking care of her two children, Helen served several years as a Red Cross volunteer. She also joined friends in pursuits including the garden club, bridge club, and the book club. After her children were grown, she worked for a number of years as a clerk for the Pulaski County General District Court.

Helen also was a successful local businesswoman and attended to several real estate holdings in Pulaski.

Most of all, she was a marvelous friend to many people she knew from childhood and to countless others she came to know along the way. Everyone, young and not-so-young, who knew Helen, loved her and will miss her humor and kindness.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Boothe Crumbley; her son, Jesse C. Crumbley III and his wife, Laura; her grandson, Boothe Bullock Crumbley and his wife, Molly; her granddaughter, Margaret C. Cable and her husband, Keith, and her great-grandchildren, Aidan and Morrilou Cable.


The family thanks Melinda Mabe, whose expert care as a full-time nurse enabled Helen to remain in her beloved home during the last months of her life.


A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski. Visitation with the family will take place from 3 p.m. until the service begins.


In lieu of flowers, Helen would enjoy knowing that donations were made to the Friends of the Pulaski County Library, 60 W. Third St., Pulaski, VA 24301; or the Pulaski County Humane Society, 80 Dublin Park Road, Dublin, VA 24084.


Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.



3 Responses to Helen Boothe Crumbley

  1. Angie Trail

    August 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Miss Helen was a wonderful woman. Heaven is quite a bit brighter today. Her family has my deepest sympathies.

  2. Beth Harris

    August 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    We will always cherish sweet memories of Aunt Helen and the pleasant times at her wonderful home in the country. For flatland city kids such as us, chasing cows and capturing fireflies was a special treat.
    We anticipated our trip to the mountains and time spent with beloved cousins every year. Thankfully, not all of our antics were discovered by the grownups! Helen was such a gracious and welcoming host to the thundering herd of relatives that descended upon her home every summer. I imagine there is a porch with a marvelous view awaiting her in Heaven with a bounty of flowers and cats to enjoy. Love and prayers always to Betty and Jess, Cousin Beth

  3. Jane Bell

    August 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Mrs. Crumbley was such a beautiful lady, inside and out, and a joy to know. She and my mother were life-long friends and as Helen’s obituary states, “excelled at having fun and playing basketball.” During a recent visit with her, she delighted in telling us with a smile from ear-to-ear how she had met her future husband at Radford Arsenal and how thrilled she was when he asked her out. Everyone will miss her now.

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