Florabel Mulvaney, a docent at the Second House Museum in Montauk and a devoted bridge player, died at home in Montauk on Feb. 14 after a six-month illness with pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
Mrs. Mulvaney had a curious intellect. She was a reader, her daughter Virginia Mulvaney said, and a bridge player who rarely missed dealing the cards at bridge tournaments held in East Hampton on Mondays and at the Montauk Library on Wednesdays. She was a co-owner of the not-for-profit Montauk Bridge Club.
She was born in Verona, Pa., on Aug. 24, 1924, the daughter of Andrew Anderson and the former Zena Jones. She grew up in Pennsylvania, then attended a dietician school in New York City where she met her husband, the late John Mulvaney.
The couple moved from the city to Amityville, then Seaford, and finally when she retired over 30 years ago, to Montauk, where they kept a summer house for years. Mrs. Mulvaney worked as a dietician for a time, but gave it up while raising her children. She later worked as a buyer for the A & S department store pharmacy in Babylon.
The couple had two daughters, Ms. Mulvaney of New York City and Marie Cassidy of Connecticut.
Mrs. Mulvaney also leaves two brothers, Ray Anderson and Howard Anderson, both of Pennsylvania.
She was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, where a funeral service was held on Feb. 15. The Rev. Michael Rieder officiated. Burial followed at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingville.
Memorial contributions were suggested for the Montauk Library, P.O. Box 700, Montauk 11954 or the Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage 11714.