Ruth Daisley Osborn, 84

Oct. 15, 1929 - Feb. 24, 2014
Ruth Daisley Osborn, Oct. 15, 1929 - Feb. 24, 2014

       Ruth Osborn Daisley, who was a member of the 12th generation of Osborns in Wainscott, died at the assisted living facility at Fountains of Lake Pointe Woods in Sarasota, Fla.,  on Feb. 24 of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 84.

       Mrs. Daisley was descended from Thomas Osborn, who was the first settler of Wainscott. She grew up and spent summers there for most of her life and owned family property on Wainscott’s Main Street.

       She was born on Oct. 15, 1929. Her parents were Raymond Hopping Osborn and August Halsey Osborn. She was the salutatorian of her class at East Hampton High School and attended Barnard College, majoring in French.

       While a student, she met Robert Daisley, to whom she was married on June 10, 1950. They lived in Merrick from 1955 to 1973, and she was active in the Merrick Presbyterian Church while raising their four children. The Daisleys also lived in Upper St. Clair, Pa., for 11 years, during which time she obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and worked for the American Red Cross and the Pittsburgh Blind Association.

       The couple moved to Sarasota in 1981, where they operated several boutique shoe stores. Following their retirement, they joined the Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, where she was active with the Presbyterian women’s club and served as an elder. She also had been a member of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church for many years.

       Her husband of 63 years survives, as do her children, who are Susanne Lyons of Ross, Calif., Janet Daisley of Amhearst, Va., William Daisley of Charleston, S.C., and Donald Daisley of Spokane, Wash. Six grandchildren also survive, as do a brother, David Osborn of Wainscott, and many nieces and nephews.

       A service was held on Sunday at the Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, and a memorial service will be held at Wainscott Cemetery, where many Wainscott Osborns are buried, later this year.

       Memorial donations have been suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Va. 22311, the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011, or the Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4826 South McIntosh Road, Sarasota 34233.