Susan H. Bettencourt died at home in Edgartown on Monday, Jan. 6. She was 67.

Susan was an extremely smart and caring person, and for anyone who had the opportunity to visit the emergency room at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, there was a good chance they had met Sue B. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by many.

She was born in Dorchester on June 7, 1952, to Phil and Claire (Trainor) Hagen. She was a graduate of Ursuline Academy and the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College in 1975. After college Susan moved to Chappaquiddick with her husband Pete and took a job as a nurse at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, where she would work as an emergency room nurse for the next 40 plus years. She believed that being a nurse was her true calling, and aside from her family, nursing is what Susan lived for.

She loved spending time on the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, and particularly enjoyed going to South Beach on Sundays with friends. She was an avid reader and would often finish a riveting book in a single day. She was happiest spending time with her boys (including Pete) and always loved spending time with her sisters. Susan and Pete loved to travel and enjoyed going to far away and unique destinations to learn and experience new cultures.

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Peter Bettencourt, and her parents. She is survived by her three sons and their wives: Daniel Bettencourt of Wellesley, Timothy Bettencourt of Edgartown, and Gregory Bettencourt of Edgartown; and three grandsons. She is also survived by her sisters Janice Leveille of Mesa, Ariz., and Gayle Hagen-Peter of Underhill, Vt.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. A funeral mass will follow on Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven.

Donations can be made to Vineyard House Inc., P.O. Box 4599, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or online at