Adele Haney, who with her husband and other family members worked at the Royal Market, which became the East Hampton I.G.A. Foodliner, died at Southampton Hospital on Friday. She was 93.
Mrs. Haney was a hairdresser who established her own business in the 1950s. In 1960, a year after the Royal Market became the I.G.A., she gave it up to become the store’s cashier and bookkeeper, working alongside her husband and her sister, Margaret Wade, and brother-in-law. She remained in the post until the business was sold in 1998.
After retiring, Mrs. Haney kept busy, often helping others by driving them to doctor’s appointments, taking them shopping, or doing errands. She also was a caregiver for her sister in her last years.
“She always wanted to feel useful in the world,” her family said, and would say that the best way to achieve that was to be available to family and friends.
She loved get-togethers, and would entertain visitors, including former I.G.A. customers, with tea or coffee every afternoon at 1 at the house on Collins Avenue near the store where she had lived for 69 years. She enjoyed life and always had a positive outlook, her family said.
Mrs. Haney was born in East Hampton on July 19, 1920, a daughter of John H. Collins and the former Florence Field. She and Aulton E. Haney, who died in 1990, were married in 1945. Their son, John A. Haney of East Hampton, survives, as do three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Tuesday at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, with burial following at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937, or American Legion Post 419, 15 Montauk Highway, East Hampton 11937.