Bernice Wells Orcutt, 73, Was a Registered Nurse

Bernice Wells Orcutt of Edgartown died Sunday, Jan. 19, at her home after a long illness. She was 73.

She was born on Nov. 27, 1929 to the late Lemont W. and Bertha (Chorlton) Wells of Edgartown. She was a 1947 graduate of the Edgartown High School and was graduated from St. Luke's Nursing School in New Bedford as a registered nurse.

She was married to Noel C. Orcutt on July 4, 1951. After residing in New Bedford for the next 10 years, they returned to Edgartown to raise their family. Mrs. Orcutt worked as a nurse for the Martha's Vineyard Hospital for 27 years. Upon her retirement she went to work for many years at Fligors in Edgartown until her illness. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by her three sons, Gregory of West Tisbury, Andrew of Delmar, N.Y., and Peter of Birmingham, Ala., and five grandchildren. She was the predeceased by her son, Stephen.

A private funeral service will be held at a later date. Donations in Bernice's memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Service of Martha's Vineyard Community Services, P.O. Box 369, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, or St. Andrew's Church, South Summer street, Edgartown, MA 02539. Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.