Elizabeth M. Lane, a Montauk resident known as Libby, died at her home on Edgemere Lane yesterday. She was 90 years old and had been in declining health.
A resident of Montauk since she was 6 years old, Ms. Lane was a waitress at the Shagwong restaurant there for many years and a longtime and active member of the Montauk Community Church. She had many friends whom she cherished, and who cherished her, a friend, Beverly Kamensky, said.
Born in Springs on June 23, 1922, to Emile Almquist and Fannie Lester Almquist, Ms. Lane was a member of the Lester family of East End baymen. Her brothers, Walter, Ralph, and Morton Almquist, all died before her.
In 1940, she was married to Winfred Lane, an officer in charge of the Shinnecock Coast Guard Station. Mr. Lane died before her in 1974. After her husband’s death, Everett Briand became her constant companion. They shared a love of dancing, country music, and card games.
Ms. Lane also was an active member of the Republican Party, campaigning for the late Perry B. Duryea Sr., who ran for office many times and became the speaker of the State Assembly. As a teenager, she worked with U.S.O., the wartime organization that helped raise the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
She had been a vice president and secretary of the Montauk Community Church’s fellowship and had also served as secretary of its board of trustees.
Entertaining and her family’s history were favorite pastimes for Ms. Lane, according to friends, but her real love was researching antiques. She frequented yard sales and put them on as well, and she treasured cut glass, patterned or colored, and Blue Willow ware. She also collected Christmas ornaments and Santa Claus decorations.
A service is to be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, followed by burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Amagansett. Those wishing to make a memorial donation may consider the Montauk Community Church, P.O. Box 698, Montauk 11954.