Lloyd M. Mayhew
Lloyd Michael Mayhew, formerly of Chilmark, Vineyard Haven, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and recently of Melbourne, Fla., died on Jan. 4. He was 86.
He was born at home in Chilmark on April 9, 1921, the son of Walter H. and Doris (Flanders) Mayhew of Chilmark.
He attended the Chilmark and Tisbury Schools, and was a Disabled Veteran of World War II, where he served in the Marine Corps.
Mr. Mayhew was a well-known Vineyarder, residing in Vineyard Haven most of his life. After the Marine Corps, he worked as an Installer for New England Telephone and Telegraph Company for many years, and then worked for and retired from Vineyard Ford/Lincoln/Mercury as General Manager. He enjoyed golf, boating, and fishing. In his spare time, he also designed commercial buildings, built several homes, and created beautiful furniture. He was an excellent craftsman throughout his life.
Mr. Mayhew is survived by his wife, Hilda, of Fairhaven; his children, Jeanne Gravley of Viera, Fla., Melinda Lock of Melbourne, Fla., L. Michael Mayhew of Norwell, and Thomas W. Mayhew of Vineyard Haven; seven grandchildren, Kenneth, Kurt, Kelly, Kaylee, Eric, Amanda and Anna; and six great-grandchildren, Kristin, Cynthia, Brennan, Stevie, Brodie and Abbigail.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Paul and Elliot, and his sisters, Marian, Ella and Gail.
A graveside service, to be announced at a later date, will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery on State Road in Vineyard Haven.
Donations may be made in his memory to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or to Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice & Palliative Care, 8060 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, FL 32940.
Joseph Nunes, 97, of Oak Bluffs died peacefully at Martha's Vineyard Hospital on Jan. 8. He was born in Oak Bluffs on August 1, 1910.
Joe served for 42 years with the Oak Bluffs Fire Department. He was also part of the group that planned and built the Portuguese American Club 75 years ago. He remained active in the club as past president and past Mordon of the annual Holy Ghost Feast.
Joe is survived by his beloved companion of 35 years, Katherine (Kaye) Manning and her family, Joan and husband Wayne Cobb of Bridgewater, Marilyn Manning of Byfield, W. Richard Manning of Oak Bluffs; her grandchildren Ryan Cobb, Caitlin Goodhile, Emily Manning, Daniel Manning, and Brendan Maseda, and her great grandchildren, Maddy and Zack; his sister, Mary and husband Ray Ross of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and a special niece Marlene Fraser of Calif. He was predeceased by Katherine Manning's daughter, Kathy Maseda.
Joe is also survived by his extended Portuguese-American Club family, who he loved so much.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 8 pm at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 56 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 am at Sacred Heart Cemetery on Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs followed by a gathering of family and friends at the Portuguese-American Club. Donations in Joe's memory may be made to the Holy Ghost Association, Inc., P.O. Box 2203, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
Virginia C. Johnson
Virginia Couper Johnson, 87, of Delray Beach, Fla., died quietly at the Bethesda Hospital Hospice Center on Jan. 8. Mrs. Johnson was predeceased by her husband, Norman Dudley Johnson, of New York, N.Y. Virginia was born in Leesburg, Va., on August 16, 1920. She was the daughter of William and Eloise Hirst Couper. Her brother, Dr. John Lee Couper of Lexington, was an anesthesiologist.
She grew up on the parade ground of Virginia Military Institute where her father was executive officer and historiographer. She graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va., in 1941. Virginia moved to New York that fall and worked as a buyer and designer for Saks Fifth Avenue. She met Norman Dudley Johnson in 1950 and they were married in Lexington, Va., at her parents' home in 1952.
Virginia was active in New York social circles. In New York she was a member of the daughters of Cincinnati, Colonial Dames, Colony Club of New York, New York Yacht Club, N.I.S.S., Pilgrims of America and other civic organizations. She was a long-time supporter of Saint James Church, St. Lukes Hospital, and the Church Club of New York. She was chairman several times of important New York Charity balls and attended the Blue Ridge School Charity Ball for over 50 years.
Virginia spent summers in Edgartown where she and her husband purchased and renovated the Captain Morse house, one of the great whaling captain's homes. She was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, Edgartown Reading Room, Chappaquiddick Beach Club, and Martha's Vineyard Garden Club. Virginia and her husband, Dudley, visited Delray Beach, Fla., regularly from 1953 until she made Delray Beach her permanent home in 2006. She was a resident of the Seagate Towers where many of her friends over the years have resided.
Virginia is survived by her sons, Norman Platt Johnson and wife Nancy Johnson of Middletown, R.I., and Ridgely Couper Johnson and wife Claudette Fisher-Johnson of Hertsfordshire, England, and four grandsons. She is also survived by two stepchildren, Kathleen Johnson Wu and husband Hsiu Kwang Wu of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Dudley Disosway Johnson and wife Carole Johnson of Cazenovia N.Y.; one granddaughter, and three great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Fla., on Jan. 16. The interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery on 238 E. Princess Anne Road in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 12 at 11 am with a reception immediately following. An Island memorial service will be held on Monday, July 14, at 11 am at St. Andrew's Church on 34 N. Summer Street in Edgartown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross, http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html, or Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 654, Edgartown, MA 02539, or the charity of your choice.
Marion H. Yeo
Marion H. Ward Yeo died Jan. 12, at the Royal Nursing Home in Falmouth. She was 88. She was born in Attleboro, Sept. 16, 1919, the daughter of the Inez Louise Capron Ward and Cloyd H. Ward. She was the mother of Nancy Munn Easterday of Westport, Carolyn Yeo Eddy of Vineyard Haven, and Donna Yeo Hendrickson of Champaign, Ill.
Marion grew up in Attleboro, graduated from Attleboro High School in 1938 and married Herbert G. Yeo. They lived in Attleboro raising their children until 1968. She was the grandmother of Lisa Bowers of East Falmouth, Mark Donovan of Attleboro, Jennifer Newton of South Attleboro, Eliza Eddy Schaub of Bozeman, Mont., and Sam Eddy of Chilmark. She was the great grandmother of five.
She was a communicant of the Second Congregational Church in Attleboro.
Funeral arrangements are being coordinated between the John Lawrence Funeral Home in Marstons Mills and the Second Congregational Church of Attleboro. A graveside service will be held at a later date.
Memorials in her name may be made to MSPCA, 1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632.