Elizabeth Macy Gardner


Elizabeth (“Betty”) Macy Gardner died at Windemere on Nov. 18, 2018, where she had resided for several years.

Born in Montclair, N.J., in 1923, she graduated from Montclair High School in 1941 and attended Endicott College. She was married in 1950 and had one son, Gardner Baldwin, who was living on the Vineyard, employed by Bunch of Grapes bookstore, when he died in 2011. After his death, his son Christian Baldwin came to the Vineyard to live with his grandmother and continue work as a chef at Vineyard restaurants.

After her condition necessitated the move to Windemere, he sold the Vineyard Haven family home and moved to Florida, where he died unexpectedly. Betty had lived with her widowed mother in Cranford, N.J., and in Hollywood, Fla., until her mother’s death in 1968. Betty worked for the Vineyard Nursing Service for many years upon moving to the Island.

She was predeceased by her brother, Procter Smith Jr., and is survived by her sister-in-law Leigh Smith, her nieces Pamela Brock and Alison Driscoll, her nephew Procter Smith III, and five grandnephews, one grandniece, and two children of her grandnephew.