Edith Matilda Milroy

April 5, 1923 - September 27, 2020
Edith Matilda Milroy


Edith Matilda Milroy, 97, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. She was born April 5, 1923, and raised in the quiet London suburb of Islington.

Affectionately called “Tiggy” by her family, she reflected often about nights spent with her father reading and reviewing the News of the World. This instilled in her the articulation and wit to always keep the conversation interesting and the listener on their toes.

At the young age of 16, she was thrust into the chaos of World War II. She grew up quickly with Winston Churchill on the radio, sheltering in the London tubes at night, would survive the bombing of her childhood home, and took a “man’s” job as an aircraft machinist.

After long hours in the factory, she always had the energy to go dancing at Covent Garden. It would be at this timeless dancehall where she would meet her husband, Joe, a U.S. Army Air Corps glider pilot. Their love brought her to Rhinebeck, New York, where they created a home, raising three daughters who would be the most important part of her life. This love of family would eventually lead them to Wilmington, where she would live a full life until the youthful age of 97.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph K. Milroy; grandson, Joshua Crouch; and six siblings.

She is survived by her three daughters, Diane Clarkson, and her husband, Tom, Linda Dutka, and her husband, Richard, and Patricia Crouch, and her husband, James; grandchildren, Nicole Druse Duke, Eric Crouch, Alison Dutka Jones and Kristen Crouch; and three great-grandchildren. She was also cherished by numerous nieces and nephews in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Nana’s fervent spirit was tangibly felt by all who encountered her. She is remembered as a charming conversationalist, excellent cook, creative wordsmith and dedicated nurturer. She was the life of the party and the heart of our family who could never be forgotten. Until we meet again, “Here’s to Jill…Love ya, mate!”

Edith will be laid to rest Thursday, Oct. 8, with her husband in Coastal Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery, Jacksonville, with a private family ceremony to follow.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • September 30, 2020
    Debra Webber says:
    Edith was one of a kind. She was a naughty sassy lady that loved a good joke . She always treated everyone well with her special kindness. Her favorite thing to say was "Lord show me the way,". She was very thankful for anything you did for her. This lady from England will always be in my heart. I will see her again in Heaven where she said she will safe me a seat! Love to her family...you girls were so good to your mama. Bless you all.

  • October 01, 2020
    Alison and Dan Riley says:
    Your Mum was a great woman and I remember spending a lot of fun time in your home. I’m so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  • October 02, 2020
    Janet Champlin says:
    Dear Diane, Linda and Patty, Sincere condolences to you and your families. We share many old memories and I will always have fond memories of your mom. You are blessed to have had so much time with her. Janet (Chlystun) Champlin

  • November 29, 2020
    Celia (Mandy) Keator says:
    Edith was my son’s babysitter (Jason). We still talk about her and all the things she taught Jason as a baby. She was wonderful to him. I am sorry for your lose.