Maize Evelyn Villaire, 88, Was Resident of Tisbury

Maize Evelyn Villaire of Tisbury died Wednesday, Oct. 4. She was 88.

She was born August 23, 1918, at West Hawksbury, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of William Adam Torrance and Elizabeth Petunia Beckett.

Both of her parents died in the great flu epidemic in 1919. Mrs. Villaire spent her early life in Canada before moving to Haverhill, where she married William John Villaire Jr., who predeceased her in 1986. During the last 12 years she lived in Tisbury with her oldest daughter, Dian Hazelton.

Mrs. Villaire is survived by Dian and Leroy Hazelton of Tisbury, Patricia and Peter Rampulla of Denmark, Me., John and Jennifer Villaire of Haverhill, Dennis and Donna Villaire of Plymouth, Laurie Villaire of Lawrence and Paul Villaire of Virginia Beach, Va., nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family asks that donations be given to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman. Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. For more information and an online guestbook visit