Gertrude Louise Mayer, who lived in Sag Harbor for more than 50 years, was a boating enthusiast. Her daughter, Louise Mayer of East Hampton, recalled childhood trips with “Mom and her cronies” in which they would travel from their house on Whalers Walk in Bay Point as far as the Connecticut River.
Mrs. Mayer died at home on Sunday. She was 83 and had been in poor health for the past few years.
Up until her illness, which kept her mostly homebound, she kept busy, her daughter said. She worked at Harpoon Realty in Sag Harbor for a number of years and also at C & W Mercantile in Bridgehampton. “She was an avid gardener and loved animals,” Ms. Mayer said.
She was born on Dec. 5, 1927, in Jamaica, Queens, the daughter of Jules and Louise Tott. She graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1946 and married Frederick J. Mayer, who predeceased her.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. Mayer is survived by two sons, Andrew J. Mayer of California and Fred G. Mayer of Sag Harbor. Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
Though she hadn’t been well, she was able to attend her daughter’s wedding on June 3. “She got to see her whole family,” Ms. Mayer said. “It was really special. I think I have pictures of her with just about everyone.”
Visiting hours will take place at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor today from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., with a service at 8. Mrs. Mayer was cremated. The family intends to have a private memorial on Saturday as well.
Donations have been suggested to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.