Grace Dominy Renkens started her 20-year teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in upstate Leeds, N.Y., at a time when the older children would load the classroom’s coal stove and cook soup for the younger ones’ lunch. She died on June 28 at home on Sherrill Road in East Hampton. She was 97.
Mary Viola Collum, who with her husband, William Collum, started Collum Signs in Southampton, died on Sunday at the Westhampton Care Center following a stroke. She was 85 and had spent nearly her entire life in East Hampton and Southampton.
She married Mr. Collum, whom she had met at East Hampton High School, on April 19, 1947, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Two years later, the couple moved to Southampton.