Carol Crowley Petkus of Chilmark died Sunday July 7, finally losing her battle with cancer. She was 54.

Carol was a dedicated teacher at the West Tisbury School for almost 20 years and was devoted to her students.

She is survived by the true love of her life, her daughter, Sophie Petkus of Chilmark; her mother, Eleanor Crowley of Enfield, Conn.; her sisters, Sylvia Sylvester, also of Enfield, and Kathleen Crowley Danforth of York, Me.; as well as many other loving relatives. She was predeceased by her father, Ronald Crowley.

A private family ceremony is planned with a public celebration of her life taking place in the fall. She will be missed by many. Donations may be made in her name to Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 4188, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.