Cook, Nancy Boyd Motley

Cook, Nancy Boyd Motley

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Nancy Boyd Motley Cook, age 73, of Charleston, S.C., died on Thursday, October 24, 2019, surrounded by her family after years of declining health. Born on June 12, 1946, in Danville, Va., she was the youngest child of Elvin Boyd Ford Motley and Lyle Carter Motley Sr. Nancy was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and though she spent most of her life in Charleston, Danville was always considered home. Nancy graduated from George Washington High School in 1964, and received a Bachelors of Science in Sociology from Mary Washington. In 1967, she married James Arthur Cook. In 1977, they arrived in Charleston, where she lived the remainder of her life becoming a beloved friend and neighbor to many. Nancy loved college basketball, working in her yard, sweet tea, and yellow roses. Her greatest joy, however, was her grandsons. She spent countless hours caring for them, and they were never without "gifts" from Grandma. Nancy is survived by her spouse of 52 years, James Cook; two daughters, Stephanie Cook Olazabal (Joe), and Jennifer Boyd Cook; grandsons, Joseph Anthony Olazabal, V, and Lucas James Olazabal; sister, Sara Motley Chaney (Ronald); brother, Lyle Carter Motley Jr. (Ann); and several nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents. A memorial service will be conducted at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019, at the Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel in Danville, Va., with the Reverend Carl Burger officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel is respectfully serving the Cook family. Online Condolences at

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