Ruth Elizabeth White, an East Hampton resident for seven years who lived most of her adult life in Water Mill, died on Dec. 2 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Port Jefferson. She was 87.
She was born on March 24, 1924, in Inwood to Granville Lamberson and the former Harriet Marsden. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1942.
Her father, a Fuller Brush salesman, moved to Water Mill in the 1940s and it was in a shop there that Roger Fowler White noticed her and asked someone to make an introduction. They married on Jan. 29, 1949.
Mr. White died before her. Her children are Shirley Mapes, who lives in East Hampton, and Edward White of Hampton Bays. She had three grandchildren with whom she was very close.
Ms. White worked as a caregiver for older people and as a baby sitter. A quiet person, her daughter said, she enjoyed flower gardening and birdwatching.
A service for her was held at the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton on Monday. Burial was in Flying Point Cemetery in Water Mill, followed by a gathering of family and friends at the Southampton Presbyterian Church.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the Southampton Presbyterian Church, 2 South Main Street, Southampton 11968, or to Meals on Wheels, 33 Newtown Lane, Suite 205, East Hampton 11937.