Freddy Plimpton

Freddy Plimpton, an artist and designer, died of respiratory failure on Feb. 22 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vt. She was 73 and had lived on the South Fork, in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, for 30 years.

A talented editor, she was married in 1968 to the late author and editor George Ames Plimpton and was a trusted reader of her husband’s work, including his best-selling book “Paper Lion.” Ms. Plimpton also worked with her husband and a number of other creative personalities, including Christopher Cerf and Tony Hendra, on Not The New York Times, a spoof of the paper that they put out when The Times was on strike in 1978.

Ms. Plimpton was an accomplished interior designer and feng shui master; her Sagaponack house was featured in Architectural Digest.

Known to her friends as “Forthright Freddy,” Ms. Plimpton was bright, witty, and generous, and her sense of wonder and adventure was contagious. She was a great lover of the ocean and the night sky as well as of local birds and wildlife surrounding her South Fork residence.

She was a devoted sister, mother, and grandmother, her family said, and was at her best when caring for the people she loved.

A daughter of Willard R. Espy and Hilda Cole Espy, who were both writers, Ms. Plimpton was born in New York City on May 13, 1941, and grew up in Mount Kisco, N.Y., along with a twin sister and three other siblings.

She graduated from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., in 1959 and then attended the Parsons School of Design in New York. In the early 1960s, she went to work at Random House, writing book jacket copy. She later became a photographer’s assistant.

Ms. Plimpton was considered one of the great beauties of her time, according to her family. Shortly after her marriage to Mr. Plimpton, she traveled with him on the campaign trail with Robert F. Kennedy, who was running for the presidency, and was a witness to Kennedy’s assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

The couple’s two children, Medora Ames Plimpton of Starksboro, Vt., and Taylor Ames Plimpton of Brooklyn, survive her. Mr. Plimpton, from whom Ms. Plimpton was divorced, died in 2003.

She is also survived by two grandchildren and three sisters, Mona Espy of Charleston, S.C., and Joanna Espy and Cassy Espy of Cold Spring, N.Y.

Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495.