Annamay Bennett, 78

Oct. 25, 1935 - Nov. 10, 2013

       Annamay Bennett, who lived in Springs all her life, moving only once —  across Neck Path, when she was married — died of kidney failure on Nov. 10 at Southampton Hospital. She was 78.

       Mrs. Bennett became friendly with Charlotte and Bernice Miller, sisters, as a child, said her daughter Donna Garrett of Springs. The three were inseparable, spending time together every day and having sleepovers on weekends. In 1952, the girls met two Bennett brothers. Annamay married one, Robert E. Bennett, on Dec. 29, 1954, and Charlotte Miller married the other, Lewis T. Bennett.

       Annamay and Robert were married only weeks before he was drafted into the army. While he was stationed in Germany, his young wife took a job at the East Hampton laundry on Race Lane — an actual laundry at the time, long before it became a restaurant of the same name. After her husband returned and their first child was born, she became a stay-at-home mother.

       Mrs. Bennett was a member of the Lost Tribe of Accabonac. She looked forward to the club’s annual dinners, said Ms. Garrett, and also to attending talks on local history at Ashawagh Hall.

       She enjoyed reading and traveling, her daughter said, often going on motorcoach tours organized by Josephine Crasky and Dot Raynor, up and down the East Coast and as far away as North Dakota.

       Mrs. Bennett was born on Oct. 25, 1935, at Southampton Hospital, the youngest of the three children of James Lester and the former Mary Grimshaw. She attended the Springs School and graduated from East Hampton High School.

       Her husband died earlier this year, on Jan. 15. A sister, Marie Rea of Springs, also predeceased her.

       In addition to Ms. Garrett, she leaves another daughter and two sons. They are Sandra Vatter of Springs, Ronald Bennett of East Hampton, and Guy Bennett of Springs. Six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and 13 nieces and nephews survive as well, as does a brother, Harry G. Lester of Springs.

       Mrs. Bennett was cremated. A memorial service will be held in the spring at a date to be announced. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the ambulance company of the Amagansett Fire Department‚ 439 Main Street, Amagansett 11930.