Posted February 16, 2006
Beverly W. King
Beverly W. King of West Tisbury, former Dukes County Register of Deeds, West Tisbury Town Clerk and realtor, died on Feb. 5 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Born on March 11, 1929 in Boston, Beverly was the daughter of Kenneth and Helen (Estabrook) Webster. She was educated in the Boston school system. She moved to Westwood following her marriage to John J. Egan. There, they raised their two daughters Kathleen and Donna. She also worked as a model for Jordan Marsh. In 1961, after her divorce she moved to Martha's Vineyard where she met, and eventually married William H. King. They had two children, Elaine and William. Beverly loved the Vineyard and especially her adored West Tisbury; it was the only place she wanted to live.
Beverly worked first for Attorney Henry Corey and then Attorney Richard McCarron as a legal secretary. She was elected West Tisbury Town Clerk in 1964 where she served until 1968. She then opened Beverly W. King Real Estate, working from her home. In 1977, with her real estate skills and experience as a legal secretary, Bev ran for and was elected Register of Deeds for the County of Dukes County. She held the position until her retirement in 1995. Subsequent to her retirement she continued to work in real estate until she closed the business in 2005.
Beverly touched many lives with her generosity and kindness. If there was someone in the community in need, she was always there to help. Holidays at the King household were a special time for everyone; all were welcome. Her smile and sense of humor were always a great joy to family and friends.
Travel was a passion with Beverly, whether it was trips to Hawaii or Puerto Rico or to the Caribbean on windjammer cruises. Her latest trip was this past November when she traveled to Florida.
The West Tisbury Congregational Church was a special place for Beverly, particularly at Christmas time. It was here that she shared her artistic talent for crafting wreaths and holiday centerpieces, usually with a tiny bird nesting somewhere among the flowers.
Beverly is survived by her daughter Kathleen M. O'Sullivan and husband David of Edgartown; her son, William H. King Jr. and wife Bonnie of East Bridgewater; her brother, Kenneth Webster and wife Lois of Temple, N.H., and their daughter, Paula and son Kenneth; her grandchildren, Jacqueline Gibson of West Tisbury, Jeffrey P. Kurth of Edgartown, Jason C. Kurth and wife Christine of Oak Bluffs, Kristina M. Kurth of Attleboro, Ben King of East Bridgewater; her great-grandson, Jason David Kurth of Oak Bluffs; and her step-daughters, Janet Stead and family and Wendy Oliver and their children Clarissa Stead, Kevin and Stephanie Devine all of Oak Bluffs. Beverly was predeceased by her husband William and her beloved daughters Donna Egan and Elaine King.
A memorial service was held at the West Tisbury First Congregational Church on Feb. 11. Donations may be made in her memory to the MSPCA, P.O. Box 2097, Edgartown, MA 02539 or to the American Cancer Society, 720 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. 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.
Elizabeth D. Berry
Elizabeth Rathbun Drisler Berry died Feb. 5 at Stratford Court in Palm Harbor, Fla. Betty Berry was born in Westfield, N.J., on March 1, 1912, and raised in Brooklyn and Bronxville, N.Y. Her parents were William Arthur Drisler and Jessie Rathbun Drisler. Betty was in the second graduating class of Sarah Lawrence College (1931). She married Ward Leonard Berry in 1931, and they had four children; her husband Ward died in 1967. She volunteered at Lawrence Hospital for 10 years; was a Board member of Family Consultation Service of Eastchester for six and a half years; drove twice monthly for Meals on Wheels; served for several years as Directress of the Altar Guild, Christ Church, Bronxville, N.Y.; and was on the Board of Women of Christ Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara McVay, of Claymont, Del.; three sons, W. Leonard Berry, Jr., of Auburn; Edward A. Berry, of Dunedin, Fla.; and John D. Berry, of Seattle, Wash.; and nine grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Barbara Reimers, of Pine Orchard, Conn.; Frances Schoenfeld, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Doris Ferguson, of St. Louis, Mo.
Betty Berry was a long-time parishioner of Christ Church, Bronxville, and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Edgartown. She was a near-lifelong resident of Bronxville, N.Y., and Edgartown; in her final years she lived briefly in Middletown, R.I., and then in Palm Harbor, Fla. The funeral service was held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Edgartown on Feb. 11. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christ Church Altar Guild, St. Andrew's Church, N. Summer Street, Edgartown, MA 02539 or Lawrence Hospital, 55 Palmer Ave., Bronxville, NY 10708. Local arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.
Marguerite B. Macy
Marguerite B. (Bonsall) Macy of Galveston, Texas died Feb. 5 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, Texas at the age of 84. She was married to Philip A. Macy, Jr.; they were married in 1942 and enjoyed more than 63 years of marriage.
Marguerite was born in Bayonne, N.J., on Nov.28, 1921, one of six children born to Robert and Ada (Hoffman) Bonsall. She was raised in Westfield, N.J. and was graduated from Westfield High School.
She and her husband moved extensively throughout their lives, living in cities and towns throughout the country and vacationing in others. They lived in Decatur, Ill., Louisville, Mo., Wood River, Ill., and then a few cities in Texas including Houston and Galveston.
Marguerite received her teaching certificate from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Campus in 1965 and taught in numerous schools through her moves; she retired in 1980. She was a member of the Texas Teacher's Association.
She enjoyed sewing and needlepoint along with traveling, shopping, and taking long walks on the beach. She also had a passion for friendly competition in duplicate bridge playing. Philip was born on Martha's Vineyard, and for many years, after moving off-Island, the couple returned to visit and vacation. In 1951 they bought a cottage in Oak Bluffs.
Marguerite is survived by her husband and two sons, Philip A. Macy III of Harwich and James R. Macy and his wife, Faye of Oak Bluffs; and three grandchildren, Isaac, Philip IV, and Jeremiah Macy. She was predeceased by her siblings, Adele, Isabelle, Pearl, Marie, and Robert Bonsall.
A graveside service was held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs on Feb. 10 officiated by the Rev. Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.
Justin Welch, at 70 years of age, died on Feb. 2 after open heart surgery. He was born in Oak Bluffs on Feb. 26, 1935 and was the youngest of his four brothers and dearest friend and sister Marijane Poole who sadly passed just last July. May they comfort each other in their recent reunion.
Justin, a fourth generation Vineyarder and affectionately called "Judd" or "JW", grew up in Vineyard Haven and was the son of Milton and Rose Welch. His successes and accomplishments in his life-long career of law enforcement were numerous. At the age of 18 he joined the United States Air Force and served from 1953 to 1957. He received a National Defense Service Medal after serving in the Korean War and in 1964 to 1965 worked under the command of Leonard Martin in the Panama Canal Zone. Leonard was a former Massachusetts State Police Officer who, like Justin, served and retired on Martha's Vineyard.
Upon Justin's return from the Canal Zone he worked in numerous police and security capacities at both Boeing Aircraft and Lear Jet. In 1972 he attended the Massachusetts State Police Academy and graduated number one in his class. In 1974, the Oak Bluffs Police Department recommended and sponsored Justin to the FBI National Academy at Quantico where he successfully completed special agent training.
After his years spent in the service honoring his country Justin returned to Martha's Vineyard, his beloved place of birth, where he lived his life. Home in Oak Bluffs he and his wife, Marilyn, who predeceased him, raised their daughter and son, Blyth and Michael. He was fortunate to have been a motorcycle officer knowing that both riding and police work were his passions. Justin was a completely devoted sergeant, first in Oak Bluffs and later in Tisbury, until his retirement in 1995. Known for his diplomatic approach to his work, Justin had little regard for politics when it came to the management of the police department. He was described as cleverly tenacious when preparing a case for trial. He would spend endless hours discovering and detailing all evidence necessary to reveal justice. He used his intelligence to resolve matters and was never one to use brute force.
Shortly after Justin retired in 1995 he was introduced to Violet. Their courtship did not end when they married in 1999 as one could always see a true essence of contentment and happiness blended with a great friendship that would forever change them both. All of this was enhanced by Justin's relentless sense of humor and quick wit. Those who loved him will always remember laughing with him.
Both Justin and Violet believed in supporting the community. He was passionate about his volunteer work for the MSPCA, so much so that on three separate occasions he came home with another canine addition to the family including Mr. Whipple, Mitzy, Minnie (previously given to his sister Marijane), and Jumper, his "walking buddy." Justin was also a member of the Holy Ghost Association, The American Legion, and the Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders Association.
In retirement Justin would always have a project going, whether it was building a cradle boat for his grandchild, fixing a faucet, meticulously maintaining his yard and gardens or preparing something delicious in the crock pot. His entire focus was the home and his family. The holidays were something he prepared for and anticipated. He believed in letter writing and always staying in touch with family and friends. His grandchildren completed the picture.
Justin is survived by his wife Violet; his son Michael Fuller Welch, daughter in law Denise and their children Michael, Nicole, Emily, and Adrianna of Tewksbury; daughter Blyth Justine Saye, son-in-law Robert Saye, and their children Jared and Justin of Fitchburg. He leaves step-children Lisa, Michelle, and Robert, with grandchildren Brenna, Robert, and Nikki. Justin is also survived by siblings: Malcolm and wife Emilia, and Basil and his longtime companion Coco; and sister-in-law Gladys with children Darren, Neil, and Diane. He was predeceased by brothers Melvin and Neil, as well as his sister Marijane. He also leaves his nephew Matthew Poole, his wife Patty and children; and niece Jennifer Sausville, her husband David and children.
There will be a celebration of Justin's life in the spring. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to the MSPCA, P.O. Box 2097, Edgartown, MA 02539 or the Martha's Vineyard Hospital, Cardiac Rehab Dept., 1 Hospital Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
Emily M. Wilson
Emily M. (Carson) Wilson, 71, died on Feb. 9 at Tuffs Medical Center. She was born in Comeaus Hill, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia on June 24, 1934.
She was a graduate of Wareham High School and moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1975 and lived in the Martha's Vineyard Campground, Oak Bluffs.
Survivors include three sons, Alan Wilson of Vineyard Haven, and Joseph Wilson and James Wilson, both of Oak Bluffs. She also leaves a daughter, Donna Swartwood of Vineyard Haven and five granddaughters.
She was predeceased by her daughter Carol Wilson; and her brother James Carson.
A funeral service was held on Feb. 15 at Chapman, Cole, & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. Interment followed at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Tabernacle Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 1176, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
Theresa Holmstrom of Woonsocket, R. I., died Feb. 11 at the Landmark Hospital in Woonsocket. She was 73.
Her husbands, Jack Campbell, Raymond DeCamp and Frederick Holmstrom all predeceased her.
She was an Island native, born in Vineyard Haven on January 14, 1933, the daughter of Manuel N. King and Mary E. (DeCosta) King. She was graduated from the Tisbury High School and left the Island soon after.
She held various jobs while raising and supporting her family.
She is survived by her six children, Sheri Weisberg of California, Bruce Dean Campbell of Delaware, Keri Ramella of Rhode Island, Kimberly Campbell-Movitz of Massachusetts, Scott Campbell of Massachusetts, and Brett DeCamp of Rhode Island with whom she lived; and seven grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel King of Vineyard Haven and Madeline Coburn of Berryville, Ark. She was predeceased by four sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Furtado, Hilda Duarte, Katherine Barr, and Patricia Mills-Fulsom and her brother Donald King and her two half-brothers, Billy King and Manell King.
Her funeral service will be held in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs officiated by Rev. Michael Nagle on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 11 am. Visitation will commence at 10 am prior to the service. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.
William W. Hickie
William Wesley Hickie of West Tisbury died on Feb. 12 at Boston Medical Center. He was 81. William was the devoted husband of 64 years of Harriet D. (Greene) Hickie; and loving father of Thomas L. Hickie of Marshfield, and Kathleen Glinos of Plymouth; beloved grandfather of five; great-grandfather of nine.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation will take place at Duxbury Crematory.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Myositis Association, Attn: Development Department, 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20036.
Arrangements by Cartmell Funeral Home, Plymouth.