Elizabeth Ann Rea, who married a Springs native and as a full-time homemaker raised four children, two of whom live in East Hampton, died of Parkinson’s disease on July 13 at the Mound Guest Home, an assisted-living facility in Ventura, Calif. Mrs. Rea, who was known as Betty, was 80.
She was a lover of the natural world, her family said, particularly the forests and mountains of Vermont, where she and her husband owned and operated a country general store on Lake Bomoseen for several years. Some of her fondest memories included return visits with her family to the Rutland County area.
An active member of her church, Mrs. Rea also enjoyed music, reading, camping, dancing, and taking long walks.
She was born on April 14, 1933, in Brooklyn, to Eugene Bradley and the former Alice Monahan. She grew up in Setauket. After high school, she worked as a bookkeeper for a department store, and there she met her future husband, James Rea, who survives her.
In addition to her husband, who lives in Ventura, she is survived by her four children, Timothy Rea of Ventura, Michael Rea of Mastic Beach, and Helen Wassmer and Holle Myers, both of East Hampton. She also leaves a brother, Michael Bradley of Bear, Del., three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Donations have been suggested to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 710 West 168th Street, New York City 10032.