Dorothy Moss, 86

 Dorothy Moss, 86

    Dorothy Scott Moss, a life master of bridge born in Amagansett on Nov. 10, 1926, died at her Mill Hill Lane house in East Hampton on June 30 after years of declining health. Death was attributed to natural causes.

    Mrs. Moss, who was called Dot, was raised in Amagansett by her mother, Dorothy Scott, and attended local schools. After graduating from East Hampton High School she found employment as a nanny and at the Bulova Watchcase factory in Sag Harbor.

    She married Julius Robert (Bob) Moss on Dec. 10, 1954. They lived in San Antonio for a time, where their first child was born, but she missed her hometown and the couple returned to live in East Hampton, first on Cooper Lane and then on Mill Hill.

    Mr. Moss worked at and later purchased the Topping Store on Amagansett Main Street, which became the Amagansett I.G.A. and moved to its current location. His wife would often be seen helping out in the supermarket, especially in the busy summer season, until it was sold in 1983. Mr. Moss died in 1991.

    Her daughter, Nancy Moss Vinocur of West Simsbury, Conn., recalled her mother playing catch and shooting baskets with her and her two brothers, teaching them to skate on Town Pond, and spending long summer days with them on the beach. She also shared her love of reading, especially mysteries, with the children, said Ms. Vinocur, who remembered being brought along on many a trip to the library.

    A committed community volunteer, Mrs. Moss was among the first to work with the Head Start program. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Ladies Village Improvement Society’s bookstore.

    In her 40s, she fell in love with duplicate bridge, playing several nights a week with bridge clubs from Shelter Island to Montauk. She realized her dream of becoming a life master in the American Contract Bridge League in 2006. She made lasting friends among the players, said her daughter, and continued playing until her eyesight failed, after which her son Robert would read the bridge column to her daily and she would work out the bidding and best line of play.

    She also enjoyed Scrabble and card-playing. Her daughter said her mother’s competitive nature would not allow her children or grandchildren to win a game unearned, and there were many exciting moments at the kitchen table.

    In her later  years, Mrs. Moss remained engaged with her grandchildren’s activities as well as politics and world events.

    In addition to her daughter and her son Robert, who lives in East Hampton, she leaves another son, John Moss, also of East Hampton; seven grandchildren, and five siblings, Alicia Hoyt, Shirley Wornstaff, and Rodney Rodriguez, all of East Hampton; Jesse Rodriguez of Amagansett, and Leonard Rodriguez of Sag Harbor.

    The Rev. Steven Howarth of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church officiated on Friday at a graveside service at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. She was buried beside her husband.

    Memorial donations have been suggested to the East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton 11937.