Susan Carver Gamble of Oak Bluffs died peacefully on Feb. 29, surrounded by loving family members. She was 63. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and teacher who found tremendous joy in giving of herself to her family and community.

Susan was born April 19, 1952 and grew up in South Hadley, where she met her husband of 40 years, George Gamble. The high school sweethearts worked on Martha’s Vineyard at the Harbor View Hotel for several summers during college, and graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1975. They were married on their graduation day. Susan attended Dickinson College and Mount Holyoke College, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Katharine Gibbs School in Boston and from Lesley University in Cambridge with a master’s degree in education.

Susan and George spent several years after college living in New York city and Washington D.C. In 1979 they returned to the Vineyard, where they soon purchased the Among the Flowers Cafe in Edgartown. They ran the restaurant for 22 summers, employing a host of Vineyard kids and family members and forming a large and vibrant Among the Flowers family. After selling the café in 2002, Susan began her 10-year career with the Edgartown School, where she worked as a teacher and an aide in the resource room. She was active in the Vineyard community and served on many organizations, including the Island Children’s School, for which she served as president.

She was a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Hockey booster club and a deacon at the Federated Church, and was on the Oak Bluffs historical commission at the time of her death. She was full of joy, vitality and kindness, and had a myriad of interests that she actively pursued. She loved her Island book club and gardening, and she and George enjoyed skiing, swimming, biking and traveling together. She especially loved spending time with her very large family, and took great pride in her four granddaughters who called her GeeGee and brought her tremendous joy. They were her greatest passion, and her remarkable legacy lives on through them.

Susan is survived by her husband George; son Derek Gamble, his wife Kathleen and their three children Ella, Hadley and Charlotte of Ramsey, N.J.; daughter Sara Graves, her husband Jason and their daughter Ava of Oak Bluffs; mother Ruby Carver of Williamstown; three brothers, David Carver and wife Wende of Williamstown, Brad Carver and his wife Helen Tramposch of Wayland and Don Carver and his wife Tamara of West Point, Va.; and a sister, Jane Carver and her husband Ron Cooper of St. Pete Beach, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at the Federated Church in Edgartown at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Red Stocking Fund of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 600, Edgartown, MA 02539; the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena,; or the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group,