Catherine M. White, who was known as Kip to friends and family, died at home on Hedges Land in Amagansett on Saturday. She was 88 and had lived in the hamlet for 47 years.
She was born in New York City on Oct. 23, 1923, a daughter of Richard A. White and the former Charlotte Fitzgerald. She lived in New Rochelle while growing up and graduated from the College of New Rochelle.
As a young woman she moved to Great Neck while pursuing her career with the Chubb insurance company in New York City. She began as a secretary at the firm, and by the time she retired in the early 1990s, she had risen to the post of assistant treasurer.
In 1964, Ms. White moved to an apartment in the city and put down stakes in Amagansett as well.
Her sister Frances Morey of East Hampton said she had an adventurous spirit. In 1970 she spent a semester at sea aboard a ship, a program of the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Morey said Ms. White often trekked with the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society.
She is survived by her brothers, James White of Greenlawn and George White of Charleston, S.C., and by her sisters, Ms. Morey and Maryclare Rose of Tampa, Fla. Two brothers and a sister, Richard White, Edward White, and Charlotte Dean, died before her. She was Aunt Kip to 31 nieces, nephews, and many grand-nieces and nephews.
A Mass for her was offered by Father Robert Mason at Most Holy Trinity Church in East Hampton yesterday. Burial was private.
Memorial contributions were suggested for the 33 Club for Seniors, 323 East 33rd Street, New York City 10016.