A well-known resident of Montauk for over 80 years, Eileen Eleanor (Ellie) Prado, died at her house on Essex Street on Friday, surrounded by family members. Her son Marshall Prado Jr. gave the cause of death as old age. Mrs. Prado was 89.
She was born in Cambridge, Mass., but moved to Montauk as a small child with her parents, Louis E. McDonald and the former Mary A. Smith, and attended the Montauk School and East Hampton High School. She was a teenager working as a waitress at the Montauk Manor when she met Marshall Prado Sr., a onetime chauffeur to the developer Carl Fisher, the man who had hoped a decade before to transform the easternmost hamlet into the “Miami of the North.”
After their marriage in 1943, the couple moved into one of Mr. Fisher’s Tudor-style cottages in Shepard’s Neck, behind what was then called the Chalet, now known as Solé East.
Mrs. Prado balanced her life as a mother of four with work outside the home. She and her husband established Montauk’s first taxi company, Marshall’s Taxi, and took turns driving.
Her daughter, Carmen Little, said her mother often took the family to the beach in the taxi when business was slow. “She was working, and she was a homemaker,” Ms. Little said. Their son Marshall Jr. said he and his siblings were allowed to come and go as they pleased, living as they did in a place that their parents knew was safe.
The Prados eventually built the Essex Street house. Mrs. Prado never stopped working, waitressing at the Blue Marlin and Trail’s End restaurants and later, when Mr. Prado started Marshall’s Fuels, as its bookkeeper. In their free time they liked to go fishing and surf casting from the beach together.
Mrs. Prado was a member of the Montauk Fire Department’s Ladies’ Auxiliary, and was a charter member of the Montauk Friends of Erin. “Whatever the men decided to do, the ladies actually did it,” said her daughter.
Mr. Prado died in 1989. Afterward, his wife looked forward to frequent visits from her children, all four of whom still live in Montauk, and her grandchildren.
“She was very family-oriented,” Mr. Prado Jr. said. “She was the lady who would organize everybody’s funeral. She was devoted to the church,” St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, where services will be held this morning at 11. Burial will follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in East Hampton.
Besides Mr. Prado Jr. and Ms. Little, Mrs. Prado is survived by her sons Robert and Edward Prado. Her firstborn, a son named Joseph, died at age 2.
Seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Blanche L. Riley of Montauk and Marie Fitzgerald Johns of Tampa, Fla., survive as well.
The family has suggested memorial donations for the Montauk Fire Department, 12 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk 11954, or East End Hospice, P. O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.