Betty N. Cook, 95

Oct. 24, 1916 - Sept. 14, 2012

    Betty Nugent Cook, a former resident of East Hampton, where she was a member of the Ramblers, the Ladies Village Improvement Society, and the South Fork Country Club, died on Sept. 14 at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport. She was 95.
    Ms. Cook had lived at Peconic Landing in Greenport since 2002, but enjoyed reunions with her friends from years past. She was active in the community in her younger years and belonged to the American Association of University Women as well as the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.
    She was married in 1941 to Floyd K. Diefendorf Jr., and the couple lived in Westerly, R.I., while Mr. Diefendorf served as a naval aviator. They had two sons. After the war, the family lived in Staunton, N.J., and at Red Cedar Point in Hampton Bays.
    In 1954, after a divorce, she moved with her sons to Southampton, where she met and married Edward F. Cook of East Hampton. They moved to East Hampton, where they raised her two children and Mr. Cook’s two daughters. Mr. Cook died in 1984.
    Ms. Cook is survived by her sons, Floyd K. (Corky) Diefendorf III of Shelter Island, and Peter Diefendorf of Sunset Beach, N.C., and by her stepdaughters, Cynthia Bognolo of Lyme, N.H., and Sally Perra of Florence, Italy. She leaves nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
    Born on Oct. 24, 1916, in Southampton, Ms. Cook was the daughter of Dr. John Nugent and Marie Nugent. She attended Southampton High School and Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., graduating with honors in 1938.
    A private memorial service was held by the family, with funeral arrangements made by the Shelter Island Funeral Home. Memorial donations have been suggested to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston 02241, or to Eastern Long Island Hospital, Development Office, 201 Manor Place, Greenport 11944.