Obituaries

Posted August 16, 2007

Cecelia S. Boykin

Cecelia S. Boykin, 87, died on August 8, at the Long Hill Assisted Living Facility in Edgartown after an illness. Cis moved to Havenside in Vineyard Haven in 1994.

Born in Hempstead, N.Y., she was the daughter of Timothy Shanahan and Florence Bosomworth Shanahan. Cis was married to the late Dennis B. Boykin III, who was retired from Electric Boat. She lived in Niantic, Conn., with her family for over 35 years before moving to the Vineyard.

Cis loved the Vineyard, her apartment overlooking the harbor, and arguing about politics. She was known for her baking, which she enjoyed sharing with neighbors and friends. Her main disappointment in life was that her son became a Republican.

Survivors include her twin brother, Joseph Shanahan of Massapequa N.Y.; a daughter, Judy Boykin-McCarthy and her husband John McCarthy of Oak Bluffs; a son, Dennis B. Boykin IV and his wife Joyce Boykin, and granddaughter Erin Rae Boykin of Leesburg, Va.; honorary grandchildren Simone and Liam McCarthy of Edgartown, and many nieces and nephews across the country.

There will be a private burial in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or the Red Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 74, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Jeananne Jeffers

Jeananne Jeffers

Jeananne (Beattie) Jeffers died peacefully at her Aquinnah home on August 5, with family and friends by her side.

She was born on March 25, 1937 in Medford, the daughter of Charles G. Beattie and Annie (Campbell). Jean was their first child, followed by Marjorie, William, and James. The family moved from Medford to the Martha's Vineyard Methodist Campground where they maintained a gingerbread cottage on Siloam Avenue.

Jeananne married Ronald B. Jeffers in February 1970 and moved to what was then Gay Head where she became very active in the community. She worked very diligently over the years as the Gay Head columnist for the Vineyard Gazette, for the County of Dukes County in the Sheriffs Department as a dispatcher in Communications, at the Gay Head Library and Landfill, and then went on to work as the Director of Finance for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) where she was instrumental in assisting Gladys and Donald Widdiss during the Federal Acknowledgement process. She was the Director of Finance for Carl M. Widdiss at Widdiss Recovery for nearly 20 years. She served the Town of Aquinnah for more than 30 years, first as the Town Clerk, as acting Tax Collector and then fully retiring as the Assistant to the Assessors in February 2007.

Jeananne was also a Justice of the Peace and performed innumerable marriages across the Commonwealth, including Boston, the Cape and on the Vineyard where the services were quite often performed on the beach.

She was a worldwide traveler and enjoyed her many vacations with her mother Annie, her mother in law Thelma (Randolph) Diamond, and her daughter Audrey. Some of her most favorite travels included Egypt, Russia, California, England, Scotland (to visit her ancestral homelands) aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, and many cruises to the Caribbean. Thus she had many friends across the world in Cambodia and in Australia who continued to keep in touch with her even over the past week. Her other interests included reading and knitting. She mostly enjoyed being with her friends and family, especially her grandsons Paul Henry and Peyton.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald B. Jeffers; her children, Michael Gilman and Audrey Jeffers-Mayhew; and her grandchildren, Paul Henry and Peyton, all of Aquinnah. She is also survived by her sister, Marjorie Wardell of Florida; and her brother, James Beattie of New Hampshire and their families. She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Annie; and by her brother, William.

Graveside services will be conducted by the Rev. Roger H. Spinney, on Saturday, August 18, at the North Cemetery in Aquinnah at 11 am under the guidance of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Visiting Nurse Service 111 Edgartown Road-Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 in Jeananne's memory would be greatly appreciated.

Duke A. Matthews

Duke A. Matthews, 52 years old and of Middleburg, Fla. and Martha's Vineyard, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 17. He was the husband of Nicole (Ferguson) Matthews of Martha's Vineyard.

Duke was born in Bourne, on June 17, 1955. He is survived by his mother, Carol (Martin) Matthews, his two sisters, four brothers, nine children, and 11 grandchildren. He was a skilled carpenter who worked on Martha's Vineyard for a number of construction companies from 1996 through 2005.

He was an elder of the United House of Prayer for All People in New Bedford and attended the Jacksonville House of Prayer. His burial service was held in Wareham at the St. Patrick's Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held on August 17 at the United House of Prayer, located at 416 Kempton Street in New Bedford.

Bill Grunden

A memorial service celebrating the life of Bill Grunden will be held Saturday, August 18, 10 am at Trinity United Methodist Church, the Campground, Oak Bluffs. Bill served as pastor for the United Methodist Parish on the Island and owned and operated the Wigwam Paper Store on Circuit Avenue for a number of years. He also was a Captain in the Oak Bluffs Fire Department and served as fire department Chaplain for 26 years.

Anthony J. Maruca

There will be a gathering of friends and family on Thursday, August 23, at 4:30 pm to honor Anthony J. Maruca. This event, followed by a reception, will be at the Wakeman Center, Sheriff's Meadow Foundation on Lambert's Cove Road in Vineyard Haven.

Lawrence R. Enos

A graveside service for Lawrence Robert "Larry" Enos who died on March 29 in Lamar County in the Town of Sulligent, Ala., will be held on Wednesday, August 22, at 1 pm in Oak Grove Cemetery, Pacific Avenue, Oak Bluffs, officiated by the Rev. Alden Besse.

A celebration of his life will follow in the Portuguese-American Club, Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs, from 2 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Portuguese-American Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2203, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Local arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.