Doris (Aloha) Long, died peacefully on June 15 in the home she loved, her Camp Ground cottage in Oak Bluffs. She was 84. She had an indomitable spirit and a thirst for adventure, in addition to talents so numerous it would be impossible to list them all.

Aloha was born in Beverly on Jan. 27, 1935, and grew up with a powerful love for the ocean. She worked as a lifeguard on the South Shore of Boston before completing two years of college at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she met and married her husband, Gordon (Gordy) Long on Dec. 26, 1954. They were together until his death in 2015.

She and Gordy raised their two children in Wilbraham, where they cultivated a close-knit group of friends with whom they stayed close for decades. Aloha was a self-taught gourmet chef and a talented artist, both as a sculptor and painter. She upholstered her own furniture, made her own drapes and rehabbed and sold antiques. She was an avid gardener and began cultivating hybrid daylilies. Her gardens in Wilbraham were well known for their beauty, which later paved the way for her career on the Vineyard.

In 1974 Aloha and Gordy purchased a cottage in the Camp Ground, after being introduced to the Vineyard by Gordy’s business partner, whose family had a cottage there. For Aloha, it was like coming home. She never wanted to leave, and often her plumber had to be the one to tell her it was time to shut the water off or the pipes would freeze.

She spent more and more time on the Vineyard, filling her days with gardening, bicycling, fishing, clamming and scalloping. She even spent two summers swordfishing on the Peggy A with Alton and Steve Tilton.

Her love of gardening drew her to Donaroma’s Nursery and Heather Gardens, where she worked for many years, forging close relationships with many, particularly Roberta and Kevin Hearn. At the age of 63, she and Roberta traveled to France together on a bike tour of Provence, France.

She and Gordy became avid cyclists, spending a month each winter in Naples, Fla. and bicycling everywhere.

After Gordy retired in 2004, they sold their home in Wilbraham and had their Camp Ground cottage renovated and winterized, permanently relocating to Oak Bluffs in 2004.

They both became immersed in the Camp Ground community, serving on boards, as well as designing, installing and maintaining Tabernacle gardens and participating in the many Camp Ground activities throughout the summer. Illumination Night was a family affair, with four generations of family and friends enjoying a gourmet meal before lighting the lanterns and relaxing together on the porch while the grandchildren, and later the great-grandchildren, played in the yard. Aloha was quoted in an article about Illumination in a 2004 Gazette, where she said living in the Camp Ground was “Heaven on earth.”

She was predeceased by her husband and her sister, Frances Adams Douberly.

She is survived by her son, Ray Long of Edgartown; her daughter, Donna Cummens of Vineyard Haven; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, who all knew her as Mimi, and numerous extended family.

In keeping with her wishes, services will be private.

Donations can be made to the Trustees of Reservations, P.O. Box 2106, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or to the Camp Meeting Association, PO Box 367, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.