Phyllis Marion McKay, a former housekeeper at Gurney’s Inn who lived on West Lake Drive in Montauk for many years, died of natural causes on Sept. 26 at Kettle Brook Care Center in East Windsor, Conn. She was 93.
She was born on July 7, 1919, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to John DeCastro and the former Delphena Calderia. She married John McKay, a native of Scotland, on March 31, 1951.
The couple and their growing family settled in Montauk around 1960, recalled Ms. McKay’s daughter Margaret (Mugzy) Blakeley of Windsor Locks, Conn. “Everybody knew them,” Ms. Blakeley said of her parents. “We were there so long.”
In the late 1970s, Ms. Blakeley said, her parents retired to Vero Beach, Fla. Eleven years ago, following a stroke, Ms. McKay moved to Kettle Brook Care Center to be closer to her children. There, she was a member of the resident council and an enthusiastic bingo player. Mr. McKay died in 2004.
In addition to Ms. Blakeley, Ms. McKay is survived by her daughters Jackie Fitzsimmons of Centereach and Elizabeth Borawski of Manchester, Conn., as well as four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A brother, Noel DeCastro of Vero Beach, also survives.
Ms. McKay’s family has suggested memorial contributions to the Kettle Brook Care Center Recreation Fund, 96 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor, Conn. 06088.