Hundreds of friends and neighbors gathered at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Saturday afternoon to bid farewell to Edith (Deet) Wright, and to offer support for her daughters.
Ms. Wright was swept from the ocean beach near the Surf Club in downtown Montauk by Hurricane Sandy’s violent storm surge on the afternoon of Oct. 29. Her body was found 16 miles away, on Georgica Beach in East Hampton the next day. She was 52. A celebration of her life will be held at the Dock restaurant in Montauk from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.
Ms. Wright moved to Montauk full time in 1977 and got a job at the Montauk Yacht Club. Later, she worked at Dave’s Grill in Montauk as well as the Dock. For the last six or seven years, she also had been a teacher’s aide at the Montauk School, where she was known as a humorous, strong, and caring woman.
She was born on Oct. 2, 1960, in Yonkers, N.Y., one of the nine children of Manuel Salvadore and the former Ofelia Alder. She grew up and graduated from high school there.
She got to know Montauk as a young girl, when her father had a mobile home at the Ditch Plain trailer park during the summer, now Montauk Shores Condominiums. She and Norvel Wright, whom she met at the Montauk Yacht Club, were married on Feb. 18, 1983. He died of a blood disorder in 2006.
Ms. Wright’s daughters, who live in Montauk, are Kiah Wright, 23, and Laini Wright, 18. In addition, six of her brothers and sisters survive, as do many longtime neighbors and those who knew her at work.
Kiah Wright said she had been sampling her mother’s record collection in recent days, and that her mother loved music and was an inspired dancer. Her mother had spoken about her own mortality following her father’s death, Ms. Wright said, and her wishes in case of her own passing. “She said, ‘I don’t want an open casket, I want an open bar.’ ”
The celebration of Deet Wright’s life at the Dock tonight is not intended to raise funds for her daughters. “This is not a benefit of any kind. It’s a celebration of her life. I’m fulfilling what my mother wanted,” Kiah Wright said.