Elizabeth J. De Waal of Melfa, Va., an East Hampton native and graduate of East Hampton High School, died of a massive stroke at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va., last Thursday, on her 58th birthday.
Ms. De Waal, known to friends and family as Bunny, was born at Southampton Hospital on April 19, 1954, to Richard and Carol Sprague Card. She moved to Melfa, Va., on the state’s eastern shore, in 2004 with her second husband, Barry De Waal. Her mother, also formerly of East Hampton, also lives in Melfa, as does Ms. De Waal’s brother Mark.
Ms. De Waal was a devoted gardener, specializing in decorative water features. “Every house she ever had, she built a pond,” said her daughter Alissa Mulligan.
She was, said her family, “a loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, wife, and friend to many in East Hampton and Virginia,” who loved all things East Hampton, including the Bonac Facebook page. “She always wished to be back in Bonac,” the family wrote.
Her first husband was Ralph Davis of East Hampton, with whom she lived for 20 years. They had two children, Shane Davis of Somers, Conn., and Ms. Mulligan, who lives in East Hampton. She had two more children with Mr. De Waal, who are Alex De Waal of Onley, Va., and Caitlin De Waal of Springs.
In addition to her husband, mother, children, and brother Mark, she leaves seven grandchildren and three other brothers, Richard Card, Michael Card, and Chris Card.
Ms. De Waal was cremated. The family plans to scatter her ashes at a memorial ceremony at a future date. Memorial donations have been suggested for organizations that fight Lyme disease, or to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.