In Memory of Betsy White
October 10, 2016
Our past President and Matriarch of Montauk, beloved Mother to children, Lee, Rick and Heather as well as Grandmother to her six grandchildren.
A Tribute to Betsy White
by Catherine Ecker Flanagan, a lifelong friend
October 15, 2016
There are many things that Montauk people are known for… having a fierce love of the community, and also a willingness to roll up ones sleeves and work to keep it the home that we love. Our town has lost one of our greatest champions, Betsy White. A person who loved the historical significance of Montauk and devoted many many years to preserving our traditions. Betsy was a force. Straightfoward and intelligent, she was a person who didn’t tiptoe through life. She was always willing to back up her belief with lots of hard work. A strong lady with a very soft center and a heart of gold. Betsy is someone who had special significance for Tom. She, along with Dick White were the owners at Whites Liquors when a young Tom Phillips came to town and decided to stay. The welcome and friendship that they showed Tom made Whites a home for him. He worked for them for many years before buying the business. So Betsy was a family member for us here at Whites. If you believe in a life beyond this one, you can imagine that Betsy is peaceful, content in the good job she did and the mark she left on family, friends, and community. But to know Betsy you can’t help but think that she left this earth wanting to do more. That was her nature, to get things done. She will always be missed.