NELL HUSBANDS MARTIN COULTER died on April 14th. She was born in Paducah, KY in 1928, the daughter of Hunter Hart Martin and Nell Warner Martin, who was known as a great Kentucky beauty. After attending an all-girls school, Christian College in Columbia, Missouri, Nell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, and was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority there, where she was voted the prettiest girl. She also received a Masters of Social Work from Vanderbilt University, where she worked with poor children in Appalachia. Nell married John V. Coulter in 1953, and moved to New York City, before moving to New Canaan in 1961. Mr. Coulter predeceased her in 2008. Nell was active in the New Canaan Women's Club and the New Canaan Women's Republican Club for more than 35 years. She was president of the New Canaan Women's Republican Club for two terms from 1984 to 1988 and was subsequently the group's Program Director. She was also a member of the Women's Republican Club of New York City until a few years ago. Nell was elected to the New Canaan Republican Town Committee for many terms, frequently winning the most votes of any candidate. She was known as a "gentle lady" who never had an unkind word for anyone. Nell was a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter of New Canaan, serving as Regent of the Chapter from 1980 to 1983 and Chairman of National Defense and State Organizing Secretary for many years. She was the direct descendant of a dozen patriots who served the cause of the American Revolution, including a rare female patriot, Effie Ten Eyck Van Varick, who gave lead window weights to make bullets for the Revolutionary War, and is buried at Trinity Church near Varick Street in New York City. Nell was also a member of the Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford, joining under Deacon Stephen Hart, one of the founders of Hartford, CT. Hart came from Braintree, England in 1635 seeking religious freedom in the colonies with a church led by Thomas Hooker and Samuel Stone. He became the Deacon of the Church shortly after his arrival in America and remained so for most of his life. Nell was a member and historian of the Colonial Dames Chapter XVII Century Deacon Stephen Hart Chapter. Nell is survived by a daughter, Ann H. Coulter, and by two sons, John V. Coulter, Jr. of New York, and James M. Coulter of Wilton. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Kimberly L. Coulter and Christina H. Coulter, and by two brothers, the Rev. James B. Martin and John C. Martin. Viewing will be at the Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St. in New Canaan on Sunday, April 19th from 2 PM to 5 PM. The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan on Monday, April 20th at 11 AM . For online condolences please visit www.hoytfuneralhome.com
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Published in StamfordAdvocate on Apr. 16, 2009