Maria A. (deBettencourt) Bettencourt, passed away on January 5, 2020. Born in Oak Bluffs on June 28, 1948 in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the daughter of Antone J. deBettencourt and Gloria (Coutinho) deBettencourt (both born on the Island). She is survived by her Husband Michael and their five children Michael II, Eric (his wife Marcy), Mathew (his partner Lisa Nines), Elizabeth (her husband Rick Waldron) and Kellie (her husband Jesse Martin). Maria has five grandchildren Denim Lace, Elijah, Hope, Joseph and Caroline. Her siblings, brother Antone (Tony) deBettencourt, sister Gloria deBettencourt, brother Manuel (Manny) deBettencourt (his wife Penny) and there many nieces and nephews.
Maria Graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 1966 continuing on to the Cape Cod School of Practical Nursing. After graduating in 1968 she began worked at the Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester and then at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, while having her five children. After nursing she worked as the “Lunch Lady” at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and also helped her mother and Aunt Mary Dias clean houses. Her home was a way station for many of her children’s friends, who all loved her treats and her delicious food.
The best times for Maria where, in her home surrounded by her family and friends, the old day’s at the bowling alley in Vineyard Haven (where she met her husband in 1968), Motown music, gardening, her Koi pond, her Catholic faith, girl’s night, Martini Saturday’s and traveling, especially to Italy (with her sister Gloria) and loved her annual trips to St. Maarten with Auntie Sissy (reading her book on the beach in the mornings, sitting on the balcony enjoying her meal). Just living the good life. Maria will be deeply missed, loved and always remembered.
The funeral service will be held at the St. Augustine’s Church, 56 Franklin Street, Vineyard Haven on Saturday, January 11th at 11 a.m. Followed by the burial at the Westside Cemetery on Robinson Road in Edgartown and then the Celebration of Life will be held at the PA Club from 1 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Island Autism Group, PO box 278 Edgartown, MA 02539.