Betty N. Cook

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12/27/2012 10:55 AM |

Betty N. Cook, 95, a former resident of Peconic Landing in Greenport, died Sept. 14, 2012, at Eastern Long Island Hospital.

Betty Nugent Cook was born Oct. 24, 1916, in Southampton, N.Y., to Dr. John and Marie Nugent. She attended Southampton High School and Wells College, graduating with honors in 1938.

Betty married Floyd K. Diefendorf Jr. in 1941 and lived in Westerly, R.I., during Floyd’s service as a naval aviator. They had two sons, Floyd K. Diefendorf III (Corky) and Peter B. Diefendorf. After the war they lived in Stauton, N.J., and Red Cedar Point, Hampton Bays, N.Y.

In 1954, after a divorce, Betty and her children moved back to Southampton, where she met and married Edward F. Cook of East Hampton. They moved to East Hampton where she resided until 2002, raising her two children and Edward’s two daughters, Sally and Cynthia. Edward died in 1984.

Betty was a member of the L.V.I.S., Ramblers, South Fork Country Club, The First Presbyterian Church and AAUW and was an active community member.

Betty moved to Peconic Landing in Greenport, N.Y., in 2002 and enjoyed her reunions with many friends from years past.

A private memorial service was held by the family.

Betty is survived by her two sons, Floyd K. (Corky) Diefendorf III of Shelter Island, N.Y., and Peter Diefendorf of Sunset Beach, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Cynthia Bognolo of Lyme, N.H., and Sally Perra of Florence, Italy; nine granddaughters: Lisa Beebe, Samantha Alviti, Megan Dinwoodie, Jennifer Dominick, Meredith Hinz, Anna Bognolo, Kathryn Valentine, Marianna Perra and Giovanna Perra; and seventeen great-grandchildren: Patrick, Conner and Megan Dominick, Madison and Samuel Beebe, Jack and Ryan Alviti, Anna and Julia Hinz, Benjamin and Emma Dinwoodie, Vittoria, Isabella and Eric Valentine, Claudia and Max Rajballie and Allegra Arragusto.

Donations may be sent to the American Heart Association or Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Shelter Island Funeral Home.

This is a paid notice.