Elizabeth Ellen Sandland, owner of the Long Hill Assisted Living Facility of Edgartown and mother of two, died on Feb. 8. She was 75.

Elizabeth was born on April 16, 1943 in Birmingham, England to Leslie and Edith Sandland. She received her nursing degree from the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1963, and practiced all over the world: in England, the West Indies, California and Manhattan. She arrived on Martha’s Vineyard in 1985, and soon after began her mission, opening an assisted living facility where she cared for elderly Islanders for almost 30 years. 

At Long Hill in Edgartown, her second assisted living facility after Brookside in West Tisbury, she selflessly provided a loving and safe space where dignity, grace, and comfort were in abundance. 

At her retirement party at Long Hill in June of 2018, Elizabeth’s friends, and clients shared stories of her deep and positive impact on our community to a packed house. She remained positive and grateful throughout her life, saying just a week before she died: “Just be happy and enjoy every day. It is the way to say thanks to God for this beautiful life.”

She was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by three brothers, Chris, Stephen, and Paul; a sister, Mary; and her two sons, Jackson, and Daniel. 

A funeral will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. A celebration of her life will be held the same day at Long Hill (3 Long Hill Road in Edgartown) from 2 to 5 p.m. All are welcome. There will be a live band, food and drinks. At Elizabeth’s request, it will be a celebration to continue her joyful legacy.

For online guestbook and directions, please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com.