Veronica Elliott


Muriel Veronica (Ison) Elliott passed away on the evening of July 31, 2019, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs. She was 93.

Veronica was born on Bradhurst Avenue in Harlem, and grew up in New York City, where she attended public school. She graduated with a master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle, where she enjoyed classes in communications, remedial education, and guidance counseling. Veronica was engaged in lifelong learning, returning to school in her 60s. She taught special education at the BOCES school, where she was committed to teaching students with disabilities. She was both creative and caring. She brought her bird, Job, to class to illustrate flight, often baked homemade muffins for the students, and had her husband build bookshelves for her class.

Veronica embraced her children’s friends and families as her own, giving her advice from the kitchen chair. She was an unapologetically and fiercely a strong woman.

For several years, Saturday morning was spent volunteering at a nonprofit on Martha’s Vineyard, where clothing, toys, and furniture are exchanged for small donations. She delighted in seeing these contributions, and imagining how the new owner would be pleased or how a child getting a bike or doll would feel.

Veronica was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Norman Elliott and her brothers Theodore Ison and Junior Ison. She is survived by her daughter, Wendy Marian Elliott, and her son Wayne Brian Elliott.

The date of a memorial service will be announced via email.

In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing a fund for planting trees in her honor. Should you consider making a donation, please contact Wayne Elliott at P.O. Box 2303, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

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