Judith Miller Mapes

Judith Miller Mapes, a longtime resident of Springs who enjoyed writing and had had poetry and memoirs published is several books as well as The East Hampton Star, died on March 15 in Asheville, N.C., at the age of 90.

Ms. Mapes particularly enjoyed writing about her life on the family farm in Springs. In June of 1996, a poem she wrote titled “A Brief Visit” was published in The Star in memory of her late brother, Roger P. Miller, who was an Air Force captain. It read: “We see clouds / bowing in union / breaking away to / allow you through. / Your jet trails left / behind a whirling, / twisting vortex  of time.”

Ms. Mapes was born in 1924 in Southampton. She was employed by the Bulova watchcase factory in Sag Harbor for many years.

Her husband, Dene Mapes, and her brothers, including Capt. David S. Miller as well as the brother whose memory prompted the poem above, died before her. She is survived by a son, Kenneth B. Cosgrove of East Hampton, a stepdaughter, Joan Cosgrove Busching of Zehinople, Pa., as well as a nephew and niece and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was cremated and her ashes were buried in a family plot at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.