Pauline (Polly) Renear died peacefully at her Oak Bluffs home on Oct. 14. She was 92, and was the wife of lifetime Island resident Robert L. Renear and the daughter of Joseph and Millicent Noel.

She was born on Dec. 9, 1928 in Ligonier, Pa., entering the world five minutes before her identical twin and best friend, Patty. When she was 12, her family moved to Newtonville. She graduated from Newton North High in 1946 and then entered the Nurse Cadet Corps at Newton-Wellesley School of Nursing, graduating in 1950.

At the invitation of her classmate Jetta Entwistle, a Vineyard resident, she worked at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for a summer. She met the love of her life on her second day and they were married in November, less than six months later.

She is well remembered as the nurse at Dr. Rappaport’s office for more than 25 years. Later, she worked for the Visiting Nurse Association and the Council on Aging in West Tisbury.

Starting in 1993, she and Bob leased and ran the Menemsha Market for several years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School and playing in the bell choir. She later attended the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury and volunteered for many strawberry festivals and Christmas fairs.

She was a Girl Scout leader, served on the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital board, and was a volunteer for the Vineyard Haven library and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. She recognized the importance of civic engagement and was active in women’s rights as a member of the League of Women Voters and supporter of Planned Parenthood.

She was a skilled seamstress and quilter. In addition to being a member of the Vineyard Craftsmen, she created whimsical baby hats, stenciled onesies and made soft-sculpture dolls for Polly’s Dollys in conjunction with Bob’s Wooden Branch business. She was a talented artist and loved painting watercolors with her friends.

She was an avid and voracious reader well known to the Oak Bluffs librarians who could always suggest the best choices for her. She loved playing Scrabble and it was a notable victory if you could beat her.

Polly will be remembered as an especially loving and devoted wife and mother. She was wonderfully kind and compassionate, with a quick and cute giggle. She loved baking cookies, trying new recipes and was forever offering second helpings to fully-satiated guests and family alike.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years; two sisters, MaryJane and Patty; and two brothers, Richard and Stanley.

She is survived by her daughters, Jane, Sally and Mary Jo, and her AFS daughter Le Hein (Judy); son in law Kevin; four grandchildren, Ryan, Cory, Nina and Zoe; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Tommy.

A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined.

Donations can be made to Eldercare Services of Cape Cod and the Islands at, VNA/Hospice of Cape Cod, or the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs at P.O. Box 1421, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.