Eunice Waithe

Obituary of Eunice Waithe

On Thursday evening, November 10, 2011 the soul of our beloved Mother, Grand and Great Grandmother, Eunice Araminta Waithe entered into eternal rest. She was born Sept. 15, 1923 on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, Southampton, NY; the youngest of six daughters of the late Frederick Cuffee and the late Elizabeth Duryea Cuffee. Eunice attended the one room school house on Shinnecock until moving to Bellport, NY after the Circassian tragedy of 1938. The family then moved to Brooklyn, NY where she went on to complete her education at the Prestigious Girl's High School. On Feb. 16, 1946 she married the late Herbert Waithe Sr. of Brooklyn. Ten years later after having four children, they moved their family to Methuen, Massachusetts where she lived for the next 40 years. Eunice retired from the Internal Revenue Service, Andover, MA where she was employed as a Tax Examiner during the tax season. A few years after being widowed in 1989, Eunice moved back home to Shinnecock where she became active in the Senior Citizen's Club. She ofter spent time at Cuffee's Beach reminiscing about her escapades on the Reservation in her youth. She also loved trips to casinos, playing cards, Po-ke-no and bingo with family and friends. One of 13 children, Eunice is survived by two sisters, Constance Dunham of Shinnecock and Brooklyn, NY and Geneva Trotman of Shinnecock. She also leaves to cherish her memories; sons Herbert Waithe Jr. and his wife Laurine Berger-Waithe of Amesbury, MA; Richard Waithe of Shinnecock; one daughter and son-in-law, Saundra and Andre Dennis of Shinnecock; grandsons by Saundra, Thomas Douglas Jr. of Manchester, NH and Shawn Douglas of Shinnecock; and son Kevin and his wife Brenda Waithe of Methuen, MA and their daughters Getra Waithe of Hawaii, Dionne Waithe-DeJesus and her husband Charles DeJesus and Tanya Waithe , all of Methuen, MA. She also leaves 8 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews relatives and friends. The family received friends on Monday evening at the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton. A funeral Service took place Tuesday morning at the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church, Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Interment followed at Shinnecock Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Herbert Waithe Jr., Thomas Douglas Jr., Shawn Douglas, Emanuel Alexander, Gerald Dunham, and Jamile Trotman. Memorial donations to the Southampton Hospital Dialysis Center at the Hampton Bays Atrium would be appreciated.
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Monday
14
November

First Visitation

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday, November 14, 2011
Brockett Funeral Home
203 Hampton Road
Southampton, New York, United States
Tuesday
15
November

Second Visitation

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Shinnecock Presbyterian Church
Church Street
Southampton, New York, United States
Tuesday
15
November

Service Information

10:00 am
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Shinnecock Presbyterian Church
Church Street
Southampton, New York, United States

Reception Information

Shinnecock Community House
Church Street
Southampton, New York, United States

Interment Information

Shinnecock Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Southampton, New York, United States