Alice Osborne Ham, 105

Alice Osborne Ham, 105

    Alice Osborne Ham, a Buell Lane, East Hampton resident who had been active in many community organizations here, died at Southampton Hospital on July 30. She was 105.

    Mrs. Ham was a 35-year member of the East Hampton Library Board of Managers, for much of that time serving as its treasurer and president.

    She had been a treasurer and vice president at the Ladies Village Improvement Society and the treasurer of its Bargain Box shop. She volunteered for East Hampton Meals on Wheels, the East Hampton Historical Society, and was active in church work at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church, where she was a member.

    Mrs. Ham had also been a member of the Maidstone Club, Devon Yacht Club, the Ramblers, and the Eastern Gate Garden Club. She was a keen bridge player and an accomplished gardener, her stepdaughter, Eleanor Ratsep, said.

    She was born Alice Miller in Sag Harbor on July 13, 1908, to Frederick Miller and the former Alice Dufresne. She grew up in Sag Harbor and graduated from Pierson High School there. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts for two years and the Pierce School of Business Administration for two more, graduating in 1928.

    That summer, she took a job with the Nelson C. Osborne Agency on East Hampton Main Street, which specialized in insurance and real estate and was established in 1875, making it at the time East Hampton’s longest-continuing  business concern. She worked there until 1967.

    After Mr. Osborne’s wife, Eleanor Clark Osborne, died on March 21, 1946, Mrs. Ham and Mr. Osborne married on Nov. 1, 1947. Mr. Osborne, a former East Hampton Town supervisor and East Hampton Village mayor, died in September 1967.

    She subsequently married S. Lewis Ham, the president of the Southampton Lumber Corporation, on Dec. 14, 1968. Mr. Ham died in 1988.

    In addition to Mrs. Ratsep, who lives in East Hampton, she is survived by a stepson, Robert C. Osborne of East Hampton; 14 step-grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren in the Osborne and Ham families.

    A funeral service was held on Saturday at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Mark F. Phillips of the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor officiated. Burial was at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton, in the Osborne family plot.

    The family has suggested donations in her memory to the East Hampton Presbyterian Church, 120 Main Street, East Hampton 11937, or the Old Whalers Church, 44 Union Street, Sag Harbor 11963.