Martha (Mardy) Kenyon Peck Burgess of Annapolis, Md., died peacefully at home on Thursday, May 10, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 86.

Mardy was born May 24, 1931 to George Francis Peck and Edith Gertrude Peck in Scranton, Pa.

The Peck family started summering on East Chop in 1911 when Mardy’s mother, Edith (Trudy) was a girl. Trudy Peck then brought her husband and daughters, Janice, Mardy, and Virginia (Dinny) every summer.

Mardy enjoyed spending time on the Vineyard with her family and many summer friends at the East Chop Beach Club and East Chop Tennis Club. At the East Chop Tennis Club, she met the late Newton Albert (Al) Burgess Jr., who also grew up summering on East Chop with his family. Mardy and Al married in 1953. From that union she was blessed with her beloved children, Cindy and Ken. The Al Burgess family loved Martha’s Vineyard and still enjoys wonderful memories of many summer visits to East Chop.

Mardy was deeply touched by the Island’s exquisite beauty. She always described the Vineyard as her “spirit home — immersion in the sea, beach, and sky.” Of the many things she loved, her greatest joy was swimming in the waters off East Chop in the early morning light.

She was a lifelong writer and wrote many poems and feature stories, some of which were published in the Vineyard Gazette. She deeply admired and corresponded with the Gazette editor Henry Beetle Hough and was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with him in the Gazette office.

Dr. Burgess received her Ph.D. and master’s degrees in education from the Union Institute in 1993 and bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1952.

She authored the textbook Life Changes and So do I: the journey of life from single primordial cell to the human brain. She used her work to teach workshops in public and private schools at the elementary and middle school level.

In 1976 she met Albert Brown, the love of her life. Initially they resided in Bethesda, Md., and then moved to Baywoods of Annapolis. They shared many interests and traveled extensively throughout their lives together.

She used her passions for the environment, conflict resolution, science, and spirituality to make the world a better place. She was a dynamic member of Annapolis Friends Meeting and an active member of her Baywoods community. She supported many philanthropic causes, especially to preserve the environment.

Mardy is survived by her devoted life partner, Albert Brown; sister Virginia (Dinny) Lawrence, daughter Cynthia Cosbey and her husband, Steve; son Kenneth Burgess, stepson Geoffrey Brown and his wife, Patria; stepson Michael Brown; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Mardy’s memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, June 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401. Arrangements are under the care of

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at, or to the American Friends Service Committee at, or a charity of your choice.