Margaret A. Witty of Springs died on Saturday after a long illness. Called Maggi, Ms. Witty was known as an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter.
She was born on Dec. 5, 1960, to the former Margaret F. Raitt and Michael J. Witty of Sag Harbor, who died before her. Ms. Witty grew up there, attending St. Andrew’s School and Pierson High School. She began playing the guitar in third grade and, her family wrote, she “could be found strumming it every spare moment she had.”
After graduating from high school, Ms. Witty moved to Manhattan to pursue a career in music, performing at Kenny’s Castaways, the Lone Star Cafe, the Bitter End, and the Dugout. After returning to the South Fork, she performed at the Stephen Talkhouse, Guild Hall, and other venues.
Ms. Witty also loved collecting antiques and turned her passion into a small business, the Country Girl in Bridgehampton. She also enjoyed traveling and spent time in South and Central America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her family wrote that she loved animals and wildlife.
Ms. Witty is survived by her companion of 25 years, Steven Brennan of Springs, and four sisters, Gena Alloca of Holbrook, Michele Witty and Mary Witty of Manhattan, and Maureen Houfe of Scotland. She is also survived by her brother, Patrick Witty of Sag Harbor, and by four nephews and one niece.
Visiting hours were held yesterday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. A graveside service will take place at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor at 11 a.m. today, the Rev. Tom MacLeod presiding.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the Humane Society, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, or to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.