Nancy P. Cooke, who worked for many years in real estate sales for Chase, Fitzgerald and Co. Inc. and was an active outdoorswoman, died March 7 of cancer at her Roland Park Place home. She was 87.
"Nancy was a very special person, a great friend and a great Realtor," said Carol J. Schmidt, Chase, Fitzgerald president and broker. "She was a loyal friend and loved to have a good time."
"She was a great gal and was with us for a long, long time. She had a wonderful personality and was dedicated to her work," said Dorothy F. "Patsy" Ross, who worked in real estate sales for the firm that was founded by her mother, Dorothy L. Fitzgerald, in 1941.
"Everyone adored Nancy. Her clients adored her. She was very sincere," said Mrs. Ross.
The daughter of Edward R. Perry, an architect, and Anne Barbey Lewis Perry, a homemaker, Nancy Lewis Perry was born in New York City and raised in Bedford, N.Y.
She was a boarding student at Garrison Forest School, from which she graduated in 1945. After school, she worked as secretary to the head of Scribner's Bookstore on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
In 1948, she married Robert L. Dwight, a mechanical engineer, and settled on Gibson Island in 1954, when he took a job at Westinghouse Electric Corp. They later divorced.
In 1965, she married Dr. Robert E. Cooke, who was Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatrician-in-chief. They settled in Roland Park, where she went to work in real estate sales in the 1960s for Chase Fitzgerald & Co. Inc.
After living on Martha's Vineyard for a year, Mrs. Cooke and her family moved in 1973 to Madison, Wis., when her husband was named vice chancellor of health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she took a job as a patient representative at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center.
Divorced in 1976, Mrs. Cooke remained in Madison until 1980, when she returned to Baltimore and worked in marketing before resuming her career at Chase, Fitzgerald.
She retired in 2000.
"She was always very professional and an advocate for her clients. Her clients always felt very comfortable with Nancy whenever they were buying or selling a house," said Ms. Schmidt. "When I worked with her when we were on Roland Avenue, I wasn't her boss but just an agent, and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed working with her business-wise and playing with her play-wise."
Mrs. Cooke lived in Cross Keys before moving to Roland Park Place in 2011.
"Nancy was a lady to the manner born and was just so wonderful and always there," said longtime friend and Cross Keys neighbor Tucky Ramsey. "We did so much together. We went to the movies, lunch and dinner, and she was outgoing, funny and made me laugh all the time. I just loved her to pieces."
"Her life is full of stories and exploration. She raised five kids, traveled the globe, skied, sailed, kayaked Prince William Sound in Alaska," said a daughter, Jane Dwight Seibert of Roland Park.
"She was an avid reader, enjoyed her family and many friendships, and complained about anything not done to her satisfaction, all while maintaining a great sense of humor, which is a gift she gave to all of her children," said Ms. Seibert.
Mrs. Cooke, who pursued her outdoor activities until recent years, enjoyed attending the symphony, Everyman Theatre and the movies.
A celebration of Mrs. Cooke's life will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.
In addition to Ms. Seibert, Mrs. Cooke is survived by three sons, Robert L. Dwight Jr. of Boulder, Colo., and James Dwight and John Dwight, both of Seattle; another daughter, Linda Dwight of Whidbey Island, Wash.; two sisters, Jane Hollyday of Wilton, Conn., and Suzanne O'Connor of Essex, Conn.; and three grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, CT Now