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Diane Crutchfield

Diane Crutchfield

January 25, 1947 - February 28, 2021
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Diane Marie Gullette Crutchfield, affectionately known as "Diva Dee", suddenly entered into her heavenly resting place on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at the age of 74. She was the third of eleven children born to the late Delores and Richard Gullette Jr. Diane was a 1965 graduate of George Washington Carver Senior High School in New Orleans, LA. She was very well known for her active role on the Carver "Ram Jam" Alumni Committee. She was employed at Tulane University for many years and was loved by faculty, staff and students for her jovial spirit and ability to make everyone laugh. Words cannot express the love, laughter and kindness she brought to everyone who knew her. Diane's amazingly delicious soul food cooking from her "Soul Purpose Diner" in Gentilly will be missed. She captivated the community and dignitaries from all over with her soul food and her joyful spirit that made them feel like family. Diane was joined in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life, the late Wade Crutchfield, Jr. and to this union, the blessing of four children was bestowed upon them, Wade Crutchfield, III (Ronda) and Cleavon Cruthchfield (Njeri),the late Demetria Crutchfield Seitz and Kimberly Crutchfield. Also survived by thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; devoted companion, Otis Wright; seven siblings, Cynthia Banks, Gloria Garrison, Sandra Thomas, Patricia Cook, Shelia Gullette, Yolanda Smith (John), Reginald Gullette, Sr; sisters-in-law, Iris Gullette and Betsy Mae Crutchfield Minor (Harrison); two brothers-in-law, Johnny Crutchfield and James Crutchfield (Lucille) and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Special "Thank you" to Dr. Stacy Sigendorf and staff at Ochsner Hospital. A drive-through viewing will be held at Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 3 pm until 5 pm. Please remain in your vehicles. Relatives and friends; Pastor, Officers and members of Beacon Light International Cathedral and all neighboring churches; Alumni, Staff and students of George Washington Carver Senior High School, the Class of 1965 and Tulane University; Staff and Patrons of Palms Barber Shop & Hair Salon, Central Home Health, LLC, Divas Hairbox and Soul Purpose Diner are invited to attend the funeral. A Celebration of Life honoring Mrs. Diane Gullette Crutchfield will be held at Beacon Light International Cathedral, 1937 Mirabeau Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122 on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10 am, Bishop Darryl Brister, Officiating. Interment Restlawn Park, Avondale, LA. Visitation 8 am in the cathedral.
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  • Visitation

    March 12, 2021 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    March 12, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Charbonnet Funeral Home - Treme'
    1615 St. Philip St.
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70116
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  • Second Visitation

    March 13, 2021 | 8:00am - 10:00am
    March 13, 2021 8:00am - 10:00am
    Beacon Light International Cathedral
  • Service

    March 13, 2021 | 10:00pm
    March 13, 2021 10:00pm
    Beacon Light International Cathedral
  • Interment

    Restlawn Memorial Park
    Avondale, LA


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Deryl Bacchus

Posted at 07:42pm
Wade, Cleavon, my prayers and condolences to you both. Iā€™m praying for your strength, peace and comfort. God is able. Your Mom was truly a Queen. Iā€™m so thankful I was able to love her and grateful for receiving her love. May she rest in heavenly peace. šŸ™šŸ½

Geri Simpson

Posted at 07:22pm
Condolences to Diane's family. I must say I was in total shock upon hearing of her passing. I will always cherish the times we spent together working at the Elms Mansion, but most importantly will always remember our trip to the Bahamas together. It was a fun time indeed. May she Rest in Eternal Peace.

Keith Smith

Posted at 11:08am
Condolences to the Crutchfield family from Chef Maxine Thornton.

Keith Smith

Posted at 11:05am
I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers. Sister Amerette Moore

Will Montgomery

Posted at 08:58am
My prayers are with you Wade , Clea and the family. I can relate to what you are going through in this difficult time. As neighbors for many many many years I am praying with and for you guys. When times get tough pray when you want to know why just pray and remember as much as we needed Mrs . Diane here with us God had bigger plans. Hold on to Gods unchanging hand. From Will on Derby Place.

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