Mary Johnston Evans, who had a successful career in business and was once honored as one of the 200 top corporate women by BusinessWeek magazine, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease on May 5 at the Greens at Cannondale, an assisted-living facility in Wilton, Conn. She was 84 and had lived in East Hampton and New York City.
Remembered as smart, witty, and charming, Mrs. Evans was said to be one of the most successful women of her generation, one who inspired many women to take leadership positions in their communities and in business.
Edmund L. Downes was a huge Nascar fan. He loved watching it on television, and he used to have season tickets to the Dover International Speedway in Delaware, where he would take his family to watch his all-time favorite driver, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Marie Edwards Burkhardt, who was the last of her generation of Amagansett Edwardses, died on May 7 of pneumonia at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach. She was 99.
Mrs. Edwards came from a family that was among the first colonists to arrive in what would become East Hampton Town. Her father, Herbert N. Edwards, who was born in 1870, was a fisherman and whaler who took part in the last whale chases here and was East Hampton Town supervisor for two terms in the 1920s and ’30s.
Leonard R. Mott, a lifelong resident of East Hampton who lived on Austin Road for the last 40 years, died on April 15 at Southampton Hospital.
Mr. Mott was a lover of the outdoors, of reading, and of sports, said his daughter, MaryBeth Fisher of East Hampton, and a big fan of the New York teams: the Giants, the Knicks, the Rangers, and the once-Brooklyn, now Los Angeles, Dodgers. He retired from long service to the Town of Riverhead, where he was a sewage plant operator, in 1981.
Eleanor Dickinson Baker, who was born in Third House, one of three colonial-era buildings on Montauk, died on May 1 at Southampton Hospital. She was 95 and had fallen two weeks earlier.
One of five children, Mrs. Baker was born on Dec. 21, 1918, to Frank Dickinson and the former Loretta Kelly. She grew up in the hamlet, attending the Montauk School and graduating from East Hampton High School.
Mary Frances Steinberg, a former East Hampton resident and East Hampton Star employee, died on April 27 at home on Staten Island. The family said she died of natural causes. She was 80.
A native of Manhattan, where she grew up on the Upper West Side, Ms. Steinberg was born on April 26, 1934, to Michael McCarthy and the former Mary Arrigan. In 1965 she married Harold Steinberg, a former co-owner and executive of Chelsea House publishers. He died in 1999.
Molly Jo Miller, the former owner of an East Hampton antiques shop, died at home in East Hampton on May 3 at the age of 76. She had had heart problems for several months, her family said.
Mrs. Miller, who was known as M.J., and her husband, Walter (Pete) Miller, became part-time East End residents after buying a house in 1972. They moved here permanently in 1989, and she ran Circle Antiques on Main Street, beginning that year, for about a decade. She was a proud member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett.
The family of Phyllis and Richard Madan, East Hampton residents who died in November and January, respectively, both at 85, have announced that a memorial gathering for them will be held at 46 Maple Lane in East Hampton on June 7. Friends have been invited to stop by from 4 to 8 p.m. to share a story and lift a glass of champagne in the couple’s honor.
A memorial gathering for Eleanor Leaver, who died on Feb. 16 at the age of 93, will take place at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on May 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. Ms. Leaver, a pen-and-ink illustrator and artist who was known as Chip, lived in Springs for 43 years.