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Estelle PIckett Coggins


Estelle Pickett Coggins, 82, died January 15, 1992 on Nantucket.

Born April 8, 1909 in Kingston, N.Y., she was the daughter of Unitarian ministers, the Reverends Harold L. and Anita T. Pickett. She was reared in parsonages throughout Massachusetts and remained a dedicated churchwoman throughout her life.

She graduated from Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. in 1926 and attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.

With her husband, Byron L. Coggins, and daughter, Carol, she became a resident of Nantucket in 1930 and served as parish assistant to her father at South Church.

Her multiple contributions to Nantucket’s community include officers’ posts in the P.T.A., Girl Scouts, Rebeka Lodge, Elder Affairs Council, Friends of Nobska, Planned Parenthood, the local chapter of the Massachusetts Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the Civic League.

She was a member of the Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket Historic Preservation and ACLU. She-was a founding member of the Artists Association of Nantucket.

Volunteer work included the Thrift Shop and Meals on Wheels until recent illnesses prevented further service.

She was the recipient of the Clara Barton Sisterhood Certificate Award and a member of the Second Congregation Meeting House Society, where a memorial service will be held in June.