Madeline Crawford Flynn

Madeline Crawford Flynn, a longtime resident of Reston, VA, died at home on Friday, December 21, 2018 after an extended illness.  The youngest child of Emerick Brewster Crawford and Edwina Greist Crawford, she was born at home in the midst of a blizzard on February 9, 1933 in Hamden, CT.  The family, including siblings Ronald and Susan, moved to Auburn, NY in 1942, and “Maddie” went to public school there until attending The Shipley School and later, Smith College.  Madeline married Peter A. Flynn in 1952 during his undergraduate studies at Yale University. Through Peter’s subsequent medical school at Yale, internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and US Navy medical career, Madeline was devoted to raising six children and making the constant adjustments which military life demanded, including moves to Florida, southern Virginia, South Carolina, northern Virginia, and a 15-month period when Peter was stationed on an air craft carrier in the Mediterranean.  She delighted in celebrating all major holidays and birthdays, taught preschool in the 70s and 80s, contributed her time and talents to a number of service organizations including the Very Special Arts Festival, and sang with the Reston Chorale for over 40 years. The family’s annual group vacation on Fripp Island, SC was a cherished tradition. Madeline is survived by her husband Peter, their children, Deborah Flynn-Hanrahan (Tim) Portland, OR; Barbara Flynn (Mike Prewitt) Seattle, WA; Sally Stewart, Ashburn, VA; Peter A. Flynn, Jr. (Tina) Sterling, VA; E. Paul Flynn II, Reston, VA and Tim Flynn (Vicki) Bristow, VA; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grand-children. A celebration of Madeline’s life will be held on May 11 at United Christian Parish, Reston at 2 PM.

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