Veronica Elliott, 93, Educator and Volunteer
Muriel Veronica (Ison) Elliott passed away on the evening of July 31st at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs. She was 93.
Veronica was pre-deceased 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.
Veronica was born on Bradhurst Avenue 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 60’s. She taught special education at the BOSCES 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 baking 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 non-profit 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.
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, PO Box 2303, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
With Our Deepest Gratitude
On Wednesday, July 31. 2019, “Veronica Elliott”, “Ronnie mom”, “mom”, “Aunt Ronnie”, “Veronica-Ronnie”, “Mrs. Elliott”, “Wayne’s mom” passed away.
I would like to thank all of the amazing human beings that helped with the care,
and support for my mother Veronica Elliott, my sister and myself. She was a remarkably strong woman who touched the lives of many. We love her and will miss her very much.
This gratitude extends to the New York organizations and the Boston organizations and to all of our family, friends and now extended family. On Martha’s Vineyard, we especially wish to acknowledge the fire department, police department, EMT’s, the hospital, the dialysis unit, mom’s doctors, the Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority, senior centers around the island, her bank, Meals on Wheels, elder services, the VNA, her physical therapist, the laundry service, and the home health care professionals.
This in no way completes the list, for within each above-mentioned group there are many individuals who have become our extended family. It would be great if we could list all of you by name who have helped or established a relationship with us, but there isn’t nearly enough paper or ink… To say that everyone, and we mean everyone had a profound affect doesn’t do justice to the gifts that this community has provided. We would never have been able to care for mom if it had not been for all of your help, love, and support. Because of this my sister and I were blessed with mom for many years. We are so very grateful and humbled.
So with our deepest gratitude I would like to thank each and every one. Thank you, thank you, and yes, thank you all.