Sherry McErlean Kiger, whose roots on her mother’s side go back to the founding families of East Hampton, died on Aug. 22 at Southampton Hospital, three days after her 65th birthday.
Born on Aug. 19, 1946, to Lawrence McErlean and Jane Fithian, Mrs. Kiger was an active member of the community. She was a deacon at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church and was on the East Hampton Community Council as well. “Even while fighting Lyme disease, she always sought for ways to help others,” said her family.
She married Roy A. Kiger in 1965 at the East Hampton Methodist Church and traveled the world as an Air Force wife. She raised two sons, Kevin Kiger, who predeceased her, and Jeffrey Kiger of East Hampton.
“Throughout her sons’ lives she was at every school event, often acting as class mother, coordinating and supervising many outings and adventures over the years,” the family said. “She will always be remembered for serving others: cooking, listening, and giving her time and energy. There is not a kid who attended school between 1975 and 1991 who was not impacted by her generosity.”
After Jeffrey Kiger enlisted in the Marines his mother started taking in boarders. She later traveled to Mexico to meet some of their relatives. “She loved nothing more than cooking for her ‘boys,’ ” according to the family. “Her impact on the lives of young people cannot be underestimated.”
In addition to her son and granddaughter, Savannah Kiger, whom she adored, Mrs. Kiger leaves two brothers, Bruce McErlean of East Hampton and Lawrence McErlean of Cape Cod, Mass.
A funeral service was held on Aug. 27 at the Presbyterian Church, followed by a graveside service at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. Memorial donations have been suggested for the Community Council, 128 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton 11937, or the Kendall Madison Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 97, East Hampton 11937.