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Oct 31, 2012 11:10 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Visiting Hours Announced For Woman Who Died In Storm

Nov 2, 2012 12:42 PM

Update: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.

Visiting hours for Edith “Dee” Wright will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.

Original story:

East Hampton Village Police confirmed on Wednesday that Edith “Dee” Wright, 52, of Montauk was the woman whose body was found on Tuesday morning at Georgica Beach in East Hampton. It is believed that Ms. Wright was walking her dog along the oceanfront in Montauk when she somehow was swept into the ocean and drowned, police said.

Ms. Wright, who was known as Dee, had worked as a teacher’s aide at the Montauk School for about six years, mostly with kindergartners and this year as a one-on-one aide with first-graders she’d had last year.

Her two daughters, Kiah, 23, and Laini, 18, had attended the Montauk School, whose superintendent, Jack Perna, described them as “lovely, totally devoted daughters.” He’d visited them Tuesday night in Montauk, he said, where “they had a nice group of friends with them.”

“She did a wonderful job raising her children,” said Mr. Perna, who’d known Ms. Wright’s family from childhood summers spent in the Ditch Plains area. Ms. Wright’s husband, Norvell Wright, died several years ago. “It’s going to be rough,” Mr. Perna said.

He described Ms. Wright as a willing employee who was prepared to do whatever was needed most. She had also worked for many years at the Dock restaurant in Montauk.

A benefit will be held Wednesday night, October 31, at 7 p.m. at 668 The Gig Shack on Montauk’s Main Street, where Laini Wright has worked and where Kiah Wright’s friends have worked or have been part of its close circle of young people, according to the owner, Tracey Gardell.

Buffet food will be served and, starting at 9 p.m., the Montauk Project will play live music. “We’re trying to give us something to do. We shop, we clean, we cook,” Ms. Gardell said, adding that the young people were really pulling together.

The benefit will raise money for the family’s immediate expenses. Those who cannot attend can drop off cash donations or mail a check to 668 The Gig Shack, PO Box 445, Montauk, New York 11954.

Funeral arrangements for Ms. Wright had not yet been scheduled, according to the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton and Ms. Gardell.

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