Eugenia Barbara Desmond, who had worked at the New York Ocean Science Lab in Montauk and sold real estate in the hamlet, died on Dec. 3 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens. She was 88.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1922, in New York City to Thomas Quinn and the former Kathryn Hickey. She graduated from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., in 1944 with a degree in business administration.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jeremiah Desmond of Montauk, and six children: Kathleen Carney of Southwick, Mass.; Jeremiah Desmond of Montauk; Richard Desmond of Flushing, Queens; Eugenia O’Connor of Upper Nyack, N.Y.; Mary Celeste Howard of East Hampton, and Thomas Desmond of Montauk. She also leaves six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Kathleen O’Neill, died before her.
She was especially close to her children’s spouses, Stephen Carney, Paul O’Connor, Ramona Desmond, Stephen Howard, and Delilah Desmond.
The family moved from Flushing to Montauk in 1970, after having spent many summers there.
Mrs. Desmond was recalled by her family as having a sunny disposition. She loved to laugh, they said, and enjoyed meeting new people and listening to music, especially from the big-band era. She was passionate about Montauk and its beaches. She was a religious-education teacher at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk.
“She will be remembered most for her abiding faith in God and the constant love and devotion she had for her family,” they said. She volunteered as a religious education teacher at St. Therese Church.
Visiting hours for her will be tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A Mass will be said at St. Therese on Saturday at noon. The Rev. George O’Neill of St. Joseph Church in Brookfield, Conn., will officiate.
She was cremated and the family plans a private burial at a later date.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, P.O. Box 1028, Hampton Bays 11946.