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Audrey White

Thu, 06/13/2024 - 10:41

Aug. 16, 1933 - June 2, 2024

Audrey White, an Amagansett resident from 1969 to 2012, enjoyed gardening and taking care of the environment. Particularly fond of orchids, she was a member of several garden clubs and volunteered for the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society.     

Her professional work lined up with her passions, as she had a career as a self-employed landscape designer, also working for a time for the Whitmore family, owners of garden centers.     

An athlete who excelled in track as a student at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, she played tennis and volleyball and competed professionally for years in a synchronized swimming league at Jones Beach.     

More recently of San Marcos, Calif., Ms. White died at home there on June 2. She was 90 and had lymphoma for two years.     

Born in Brooklyn on Aug. 16, 1933, to Fred Jacob Bauer and the former Sophie Ganzenmueller, she grew up in the St. Albans and Cambria Heights sections of Queens.     

In August 1954 she married Richard Joseph White, who happened to be a lifeguard at Jones Beach while she was competing in synchronized swimming. They moved to Centre Island soon after marrying and raised four children there. They bought a small summer house in Amagansett in 1969, moving in full time in the early 1980s.     

She swam in the ocean here nearly every day until her knees grew weak, according to her daughters.     

In addition to helping out on the trails, Ms. White was a volunteer at Guild Hall. She was a member of the East Hampton Methodist Church.     

Mr. White died in 1998, and one of their children, Rian White, died in 2018. Three children survive: Shawn McCarthy of Benicia, Calif., Kelly Kepler of San Marcos, and Tracy Falina of Rosarito Beach, Mexico. Ms. White also leaves three grandchildren, Ty Coughlin, Jason Falina, and Sophia Demetriou, a great-grandson, Noah Young, and two brothers, Fred Bauer of Stuart, Fla., and Harold Bauer of Wayland, N.Y.     

Her family has suggested memorial donations to the East Hampton Methodist Church at 35 Pantigo Road, in care of Marilyn McGuire. The phone number to call is 631-324-0744.

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