Nancy Lee Coleman, 66, Volunteered in Many Causes, Loved Gardening, Her Pets, Puerto Vallarta

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Nancy Lee Coleman passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on a picture perfect summer’s day, July 1. She was 66.

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Nancy Coleman, 66, passed away July 1. A memorial celebration will take place on Aug. 3.

She was born March 28, 1953 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California. She was the eldest daughter of Skeets and Lee Coleman.

Along with her younger brother and sister, she was raised in Del Mar and Playa del Rey in Southern California before moving with her family to Darien during her teen years.

While still in high school she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

She graduated from Darien High School in 1971 before heading off to Emerson College in Boston. She later graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1982.

She then embarked on a career in the film industry, moving up the corporate ladder to become VP of Sales Administration at Sony Pictures International in New York City.

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Early in her career she met and fell in love with her husband, Don McSorley. They lived in New York City before settling into their forever home in Port Washington, New York. There, they raised five dogs: Chrissy, Cady, Jesse, Dixie and Daisy; cats: Blizzard and Maggie; and Nicky the Pigeon.

In 1992 she decided to strike out on her own as a professional genealogist, which was her career until she was unable to continue due to medical reasons.

In her personal life she was an incredible gardener, growing a verdant garden each year.

She spent many weeks each winter in Puerto Vallarta, exploring Mexico in and out of the sea with passion and curiosity. She became great friends with people from around the world who traveled there at the same time each year for over three decades.

She was raised with a passion for baseball, first as a Los Angeles Dodger fan alongside her mother and then as a lifelong New York Yankees fan as an adult.

Finally she was a fighter for many causes, including pet rescue, clean oceans and racial & gender equality. But above all she fought to protect those she loved.

She is survived by her husband, Don McSorley of Port Washington; her brother, Marty Coleman, and his wife, Linda, of Glenpool, Oklahoma; and her sister, Jackie Remick, and her husband, Mark, of San Diego. She also leaves behind four nephews, 10 nieces, and 10 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A celebration to honor Nancy’s life will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in her beautiful garden in Port Washington. A reception nearby will follow. Dress for summer comfort and fun.  Black is not required.

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