Diana Victoria Rowe, a longtime resident of Amagansett and member of the Maidstone and Devon Yacht Clubs, died on May 14 at the home of her daughter Grace Rowe in Cataumet, Mass., after a brief illness. She was 93 years old.
Born on the Fourth of July, 1919, in Brookline, Mass., where she spent much of her childhood, she attended St. Timothy’s School in Maryland, an all-girl’s boarding school. Her parents were George Chalmers Cutler and the former Susan Margaret Stackpole.
She met her future husband, John Jay Rowe Jr., not long after graduating and they were married two years later, on Jan. 11, 1941. Mr. Rowe enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after and was serving overseas when his wife gave birth to their first child, Sandra, who does not survive. Mother and baby went back to Brookline, where Mrs. Rowe did volunteer work for various organizations supporting the troops, for the duration of the war.
After Mr. Rowe — then Captain Rowe — was discharged, the couple settled in Cincinnati. They had four more children, one of whom, Wendy Rowe, died in childhood. Her other surviving daughter, Susan Rowe Gaynor, lives in Cincinnati, as does her son, Jay Rowe.
The family spent summers for many years at the Devon Colony in Amagansett, which was founded over 100 years ago by Cincinnatians, until Mr. Rowe retired in 1978, when they built a smaller house on Gardiner’s Bay. Mrs. Rowe, who was also a member of the East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society, loved her life in Amagansett and on the bay, said her daughter Grace.
“She loved the water, the beach, and being outside,” Ms. Rowe said. “She loved having a place where her family would come see her.”
Throughout her life, said Ms. Rowe, her mother maintained active involvement with the St. Timothy’s School Alumni Association.
Her husband died in 2005. Four years later she lost their Gardiner’s Bay home to a destructive fire, after which she moved to Cataumet. According to Grace Rowe, she was active right up to the end, attending a party a month before her death.
Besides her three children, Mrs. Rowe leaves 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family held a private service at the beach. Burial was at the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, next to her husband.