Beth Davis Lovewell, 82, of Newton and formerly of Wellesley, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday at the nursing home where she has lived for eleven years, after a long illness.

With many links to Edgartown, she raised five children and was proud of all of her nine grandchildren.

Beth Davis was born in Brookline on July 24, 1924, to Henry Davis and Edna Clair Foval. Her father was a successful wordsmith and president of The Stetson Press, a printing business in Boston. Her mother was strong supporter of the arts. They lived in Newtonville.

When she was 13, she and her 15-year-old brother Henry Jr. began their association with the Vineyard by being brought into the loving and supportive family of Francis C. and Eleanor B. Atwood.

The Atwoods, with two of their own daughters, lived in Newton and spent their summers in Edgartown on Dunham Road. Mr. Atwood was a scientist. Mrs. Atwood was a land developer and the two of them created and owned and managed the Katama Shores Motor Inn and the Dunes Restaurant.

Beth graduated from the Newton High School. She went on to attend Stephens College in Missouri. Her brother was among the first soldiers to land on Normandy Beach.

At the old Edgartown movie theatre on Main street, no longer standing, she met her husband-to-be John Sherman Lovewell. The two lived down the street from each other.

They were married Christmas Eve, 1943, in Berkley, Calif.

After the war, they settled in a home in Wellesley Hills to raise their children. In those early years summers included frequent visits to Edgartown. There was no more endearing place to them when the air was warm than in the company of many of the family's Island friends and relatives. Beth kept in close contact with the Atwoods and her brother, who was an English professor at a Southern college.

One of her proudest moments was posing for a family photograph that included her youngest identical twin boys.

Through the child rearing years, Beth devoted her life to all of her children's interests: science, music, art and writing. She reared her children to seek the creative pursuit of happiness and do it with passion. No seamstress could match her own talent with cloth. She could perform magic with needle and thread, and the same was true with knitting needles and yarn.

She insisted all her children learn to swim at an early age. When it came to a day at a busy beach, she was one of the more relaxed mothers with small children. She knew precisely where they were in a crowd, because all wore matching plaid swimsuits, handmade by her in the quiet winter months.

In 1968, she traveled to Bangkok to be with her husband and three of her sons. They lived there for two years.

For nearly half her life she suffered from mental illness, an affliction her mother had also endured. During these tragic times she felt isolated, even from those who loved her most. Though her marriage ended, she was never physically far from those she loved and from those who loved her.

Fortunately, the last eleven years of her life were peaceful, as she took residence at the Chetwynde Health and Rehabilitation Center in Newton, where she received the best care from professionals. She remained under the watchful and loving care of her daughter Deborah, who worked down the street at Newton-Wellesley Hospital as an oncology nurse. Deborah's three children and pets adopted Beth not only as their grandmother but as a close friend.

In recent years, Beth returned to the Vineyard with personal assistance from her daughter. She came seeking the familiar, to visit with those she loved, including her former husband. She went sailing in Edgartown harbor in her 70s. On many of those Vineyard occasions she was content to sit on the porch with John and again feel connected to her children and their children.

Her family was especially close to her during this past year and she was visited by staff from AseraCare Hospice of Wellesley.

She is survived by her daughter Deborah Lovewell of Wellesley, four sons, Robert Sherman Lovewell of Concord, N.H., Mark Alan Lovewell of Vineyard Haven, and twin sons Frank and Jack Sherman Lovewell of Oklahoma and Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren and one brother, Henry (Pete) Davis Jr. of Daphne, Ala.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church in Natick. The Rev. Rick Rhodes will preside. An open house will follow at Deborah Lovewell's home at 41 Pine Ridge Road, Wellesley Hills. A private family cemetery interment service will be held in Edgartown this summer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.