Joyce Ann DelTorto died Sept. 26 at Royal Cotuit Nursing Home in Mashpee. She was 76.

She was born Nov. 1, 1944 on Martha’s Vineyard and lived in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Eldon K. Willoughby and Marion L. Millen Willoughby, and the former wife of Edward DelTorto.

She was raised in Tewksbury and graduated from Tewksbury High School and from hairdressing school.

In 1976, she and her four children moved back to the Vineyard. She raised her children in a small farmhouse in Vineyard Haven, where her home was always open to anyone needing a meal or a place to stay. Despite working full-time and raising her children, she always had time to help with fundraisers, community events and Island initiatives for those in need.

Joyce owned Shear Elegance Hair Salon for 20 years. Upon retiring from hairdressing, she became the assistant head cook at the Edgartown School, where her bright smile, humor and love for kids was infectious to all around her. She always had a hug and a great meal for everyone.

She loved being with family and friends and shared many special moments with her best friend of 60 years, Claire Penny. When she was younger, she could be found daily on the Edgartown side of State Beach during the summer.

Cooking was a passion for her and Italian and Asian cuisine were her specialties. She also loved watching the Red Sox and the Patriots, especially with her beloved dog, Brady, on her lap.

After retiring, she moved to Sebastian, Fla., where she spent winters near her sister Linda and brother in law John. She came home to the Vineyard for summers. She enjoyed sitting by the water, people watching and reading.

Joyce was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her son Dominic DelTorto and his wife, Laurie of Bethlehem, Conn.; her daughter Gina DeBettencourt and her husband Alan of Oak Bluffs; and daughters Dianna DelTorto and Angela DelTorto, both of Edgartown; eight grandchildren, AJ, Tony, Zachary, Devin, Gino, Tyler, Anthony and Kendra; her brother Eldon (Rick) Willoughby and his wife Marge, of Edgartown; sisters Linda Arsenault of Sebastian, Fla. and Dianne Witt of Chelmsford; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, her former husband, Edward DelTorto, and her brothers in law, John and Lee.

Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Chapman Funerals and Cremations in Oak Bluffs, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. and interment in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown.

Donations can be made to the Island Housing Trust, P.O. Box 779, West Tisbury, MA 02575 or