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Lee (Elizabeth)

Ayres Coddington

MILLBROOK - Lee (Elizabeth) Ayres Coddington, 93, a resident of Millbrook, NY since 1954, passed away in Rhinebeck on March 28, 2012, with family in attendance.

Born on October 17, 1918, Lee was the eldest child of the late Fletcher and Louise (Stamm) Ayres of Visalia, California. She earned an R.N. in nursing from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1942. During World War II she served as a Navy nurse (Ensign) until her marriage in 1944 to the late William (Bill) Coddington, a Navy pilot.

After raising three sons, Lee returned to work in 1973 as an administrative nurse at Wassaic Developmental Center, eventually managing records for patients covered by the Willowbrook Consent Decree, the court decision that revolutionized institutional care of the developmentally disabled. She earned a Master of Science degree from Russell Sage College in 1981 and retired in 1986 in order to focus on her grandchildren.

Lee was a devoted parishioner of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, teaching Sunday school for many years.

Gardening, sewing, needlepoint, and reading were lifelong passions. A longtime member of the Nine Partners Garden Club, Lee won numerous awards for plantings at her home in Millbrook. She also expressed her artistry with flowers and plants through sogetsu flower arranging and the cultivation of bonsai. To everything she did, Lee brought exceptional qualities of careful attention, steady persistence, and dedication to excellence.

Lee is survived by one sister, Nancy Erwin and husband Richard of Charlottesville, VA; her three sons, Peter and wife Nikki of Irvington, NY, Fletcher and wife Debra of Millbrook, and Jonathan of Arlington, VA; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill; her brother, Richard Ayres; and a sister, Jean Ayres.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Church in Millbrook at a future date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee's memory may be made to Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Grace Church in Millbrook, or Channel Thirteen.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 31 to Apr. 4, 2012
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