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Nancy Cobb Lilly

Nancy Cobb Lilly, American civic worker.


  • Lilly, Nancy Cobb was born on September 17, 1930 in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Daughter of Collier and Emma (Estes) C.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, 1952.


    • Assistant calendar clerk North Carolina State Senate, Raleigh, 1953, 55. Secretary to director Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, 1956-1961. Teacher Chapin School for Girls, 1961.

      President, board director North Carolina State Art Society, 1983—1984.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    President Women of Church, White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, 1986-1988, board deacons 1991-1997, elder 1999-2005. Board directors American Red Cross, Wake County, Raleigh, 1988-1992, committee National Museum Women in Arts. Member Tyron Palace Commission, New Bern, North Carolina, 1988-1992.

    Regent Gunston Hall Plantation, Lorton, Virginia, 1988-2003. Board visitors Peace College. Member Junior League, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, North Caroliniana Society (board directors), Friends of Library.

    University North Carolina (vice chairman 1984-1996).



    Tennis, sailing, reading, needlecrafts, writing, golf.


    • Married Edward Guerrant Lilly, Junior, November 25, 1961. Children: Penelope Read, Edward III, Collier Cobb (deceased), Steven Clay.
    • father: Collier C.
    • mother: Emma (Estes) C.
    • spouse: Edward Guerrant Lilly
    • children: Penelope Read Lilly
    • Edward III Lilly
    • Collier Cobb Lilly (deceased)
    • Steven Clay Lilly
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    Born September 17, 1930
    • 1952
      Randolph-Macon Woman's College
    • 1953
      Assistant, calendar clerk North Carolina State Senate
      Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
    • 1956 - 1961
      secretary, to director Metropolitan Museum Art
    • 1961
      teacher, Chapin School for Girls
    • 1983 - 1984
      president, North Carolina State Art Society
    • 1983 - 1984
      board director, North Carolina State Art Society