Rubye Hope Worth died on December 20 at Southampton Hospital. Born in Jersey City, N.J., she began visiting Sag Harbor as early as age three. Born into the Meyer family, they were long-time natives of Sag Harbor. Her grandfather, Morris Meyer, was one of the original 52 members and founders of the Temple Adas Israel, the oldest synagogue on Long Island.
Mrs. Worth summered in Sag Harbor where her grandparents owned businesses and homes, including the building where the Sag Harbor Variety now stands. Upstairs they would have meetings at the Meyer Hall.
At the age of 16 she first married Sag Harbor native Theron B. Worth, also known as Red. The marriage was annulled because of her young age and different faiths, she was Jewish and he was Catholic. They married again when she was 17 but it was again annulled as she was still under age. Nothing could stop them from begin together and they married for a third time when she was 18. They were together for 45 years until Red died in 1985. They had three children together and raised them in Sag Harbor. Mrs. Worth was well rooted in the community and loved by many. She will be remembered as being vivacious, glamorous, generous, kind and having a heart of hold. She will be very much missed.
She leaves behind her children Ronald (Bridget) Worth of Mastic Beach; Francine (Ernest) Casey of Riverhead; and Jacalyn Worth (Ronald Pollaci) of Sag Harbor, granddaughter Jennifer Worth Lyons, and her beloved Yorkshire terrier dog Maizie who is now living in Sag Harbor with her daughter.
A memorial service was held at The American Hotel on Sunday, January 13. The family requests that donations be made to Southampton Hospital or to any no-kill animal organization.