Elizabeth (Bette) Grimm Hoskins of Vineyard Haven and Lincoln, died March 9, 2021 in peace and in the warm embrace of her family. She was 86.

Bette was born in New York city, the daughter of Arthur and Alice Daley Grimm and sister to Arthur Jr. and Jane Grimm Grant. She was raised in Syracuse, N.Y.

She graduated from Wheelock College in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in education. After graduation she ventured to Japan, working for the U.S. Department of Defense to educate children of servicemen and women stationed abroad. Upon her return, she worked as an elementary teacher for the Lincoln public schools.

Bette and Bill moved to Cincinnati to raise their family, where she continued her passion, forming a consulting practice that helped children with special educational needs. She was recognized as a pioneer in early diagnosis of dyslexia and special programs to help children learn and develop. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati.

Bette and family moved to Kansas City for a number of years, later retiring to Boston and the tranquil beaches of Martha’s Vineyard.

Perfect moments for her included being surrounded by her family and friends, enjoying beach time, family reunions, skiing, or simply chatting with trusted friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, William (Bill) K. Hoskins; son Bruce Hoskins Barlag and his wife Kathy; son William (Andy) Hoskins and his wife Megan; son John Hoskins and his wife Wendy; daughter Elizabeth (Lissa) Hoskins Dow and her husband Robert; and daughter Allison Hoskins Levit and her husband Lev. She was blessed with 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who loved her dearly.

Private services were held on March 13. This summer, a celebration of Bette’s life will be held on the Vineyard on a date to be announced.

Donations can be made to Building a Global Community, P.O. Box 936, Minooka, IL 60447 (buildingaglobalcommunity.org) or to The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents, St. Anthony Shrine, 194 Bishops Forest Drive, Waltham, MA 02452 (emfgp.org).

For online guestbook, please visit DeeFuneralHome.com.