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Nancy (Sebastian) Cody

PINE PLAINS — Nancy (Sebastian) Cody, 89, of Pine Plains and Manhattan, formerly of Katonah, N.Y., passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, July 27, 2020.

Nancy was born on April 25, 1931, in Fort Thomas, Ky., to John C. and Willie Sebastian. She attended Denison University, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati. 

She was a copywriter for Life magazine until her marriage to William Frederic Cody in 1961. 

Always passionate about history, design and antiques, she owned and managed Nancy Cody Antiques in Pound Ridge, N.Y., for many years, traveling to England frequently to hunt for prized pieces. 

She also served as a board member for the John Jay Homestead, and belonged to the Colony Club in Manhattan. 

Nancy was a gifted pianist and singer, and along with her husband, Bill, enjoyed many years singing with the Random Choristers in Bedford, and in the St. Matthew’s Church choir. 

She was an avid reader and hiker, a frequent visitor to the museums and orchestras of Manhattan, and always relished a good long talk about politics. A lifelong dog lover, Nancy found a true friend in her rescue dog Zach, who remained at her side until her final day.

Nancy is survived by her loving family: her son, Peter, of Hampton Bays, N.Y.; and her daughter, Elizabeth, son-in-law, Terry, and beloved granddaughter, Emma, of Cold Spring, N.Y.

A private graveside service was held for immediate family only on Aug. 5 at St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford, N.Y. The family will announce a memorial service date when it is considered safe for friends and loved ones to travel and gather together. 

Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929, or online at www.ASPCA.org.

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