Eleanor MacKenzie Graves died at her home in Sarasota, Fla. on July 8. She was 95.

She was born in New York city in 1926 to Dr. Luther and Rena MacKenzie. She graduated from the Spence School and Barnard College, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

She went on to work at Life magazine for decades and ended her tenure there as managing editor. She also worked at Time-Life Books and Time-Life Television but may best be remembered for her cookbook Great Dinners from Life.

As the wife of Ralph Graves for 55 years, she was introduced to the Vineyard through marriage but came to love it as fiercely as he did. From their Chilmark home, she ran the Tiasquam Gallery, which specialized in 19th and early 20th century American art. She and Ralph also adored Vineyard artists. Their homes in Sarasota and New York city always had Vineyard works to remind them of the Island, no matter where they were. They were both avid supporters of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation and the Vineyard Conservation Society.

She is survived by Bill and Alex Parish, two sons from her first marriage; Sara Graves Savage and Andrew Graves, her two children from her marriage to Ralph; and seven grandchildren.

She will be interred at Abel’s Hill cemetery in the near future.