Nancy Tyner Gagarin, a gifted sculptor, poet and gardener, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at her home in Greenwich. She was born in 1926 to the late Richard Legge Tyner and Jean Hill Tyner. Her grandfather John Hill was founder of the Hill Publishing Company, which later became McGraw-Hill.
"Nannie," a family nickname, was a member of the Greenwich Garden Club and a two-time recipient of the Fenwick Medal for flower arranging. She was also a Garden Club of America zone representative and judge. During World War II, she served as a nurse's aide in military hospitals. After the war, she began volunteering with the Red Cross and at Greenwich Hospital.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Peter; a son, Anthony; two daughters, Nina Gagarin and Wendy G. Chadsey, and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Church of Round Hill on Round Hill Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gagarin's name to Greenwich Adopt-A-Dog.
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