Dee Mayabb, who was 96 and at one time a regular with her husband at Chez Labatt restaurant in East Hampton, died on Aug. 17 of complications of diabetes.
Ms. Mayabb lived in Sag Harbor until the death of her husband, Jim Mayabb, in the late 1970s, according to Valinda Miller Valcich, her niece. She then moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., where she wrote “Dee’s Doings” for The Palm Beach Daily News. The column was a roundup of what was happening on the local arts, design, and fashion scenes. Ms. Valcich said it was “her passion until the end.”
The column featured a picture of Ms. Mayabb done up in black with a jaunty hat, holding what looks like a West Highland terrier, and it had the kind of breezy patter typical of the fashion press: “Zip in the Via Mizner for a look at some French frockery straight from Gizela and Thomas Kann’s zingy St. Tropez boutique. . . . Gold and silver and dyna-glo colors; even the peppermint pinstripe are the one and two piece bikinis all the clever gals are buying in multiples for a summer romp.”
Her own South Fork social life centered around a group known as the Rat Pack of the Hamptons, including couples with the last names Gagliotti, Miller, Shearer, and Horne, who hung out at Chez Labatt nightly.
Her niece, who lives in Montauk, survives her.