Sarah King Wethy

July 31, 1924 - June 3, 2015
Sarah King Wethy , July 31, 1924 - June 3, 2015

Sarah Miranda King Wethy, an Amagansett native who retired to North Carolina to be near her children, died on June 3 at the Davis Community Nursing Home in Wilmington, N.C. She was 90 and had been in declining health.

Mrs. Wethy was born on July 31, 1924, to Abner Morton King and the former Marietta Abrams at the King family homestead on Old Montauk Highway in Amagansett. She was one of 11 siblings. Her mother, known as Mary Mort, was an Amagansett matriarch, her family wrote, who served as president of the Women’s Guild of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church for decades.

Mrs. Wethy moved to Michigan after marrying Jack Wethy of Traverse City, Mich., in December of 1942, and lived there for 15 years before returning to her hometown with her family. The couple had four children — Karen, Jacqueline, Marsha, and Roy Gary — and Mrs. Wethy did her part to help support the family, working over the years at the Amagansett I.G.A., the Bohack’s and A&P grocery stores in East Hampton, Fedi’s Market, the Ocean Dunes Resort in Amagansett, and Rite Aid in Bridgehampton. The family lived in Amagansett and Springs.

Mr. Wethy died in 1975. Mrs. Wethy remained here with her children until moving with them to North Carolina.

Mrs. Wethy “leaves behind a beautiful legacy in her children,” all of whom graduated from East Hampton High School, and in her nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Three of her children, Karen Wethy Haviland, Marsha Wethy King, and Roy Gary Wethy, live in Wilmington. Her daughter Jacqueline Wethy Whitehead lives in Middletown, Conn. A sister, Caroline King Griffiths of East Hampton, survives. Mrs. Wethy’s brothers, Egbert King, Abner King, Alfred King, Hugh King, Virgil King, and Harold King, and her sisters Dorothy King Aamon, Marietta King Conklin, and Eva King Lester died before her, as did a grandson.

“Sarah was a very special lady,” said Mary Curles of Amagansett, a lifelong friend. “I’ll never forget the years we had together.”

A memorial service was held on June 6 at New Hanover Church in Wilmington. Her nephew Hugh King, a local historian, will honor her at a small memorial service in East Hampton in Augu