Sheryl Joan Brooks Scott died peacefully in her sleep on June 27 at Briarwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Needham. She was 78.

She was born on July 7, 1943 and grew up under the attentive care of her mother Mae Etta Brooks and in the vibrant company of her extended family including her grandparents, James H. and Mary E. Bentley Hubert, in Jamaica, Queens in New York city.

She studied biology at Skidmore College and earned a masters degree at Bridgeport College. She taught science, math and computer science at local schools in Fairfield county, Conn. before moving on to jobs with Xerox and other businesses.

Her first love was always Aquinnah. She spent every summer there with her family, including Ben and Lucile Hubert, and James and Hermie Hubert. Later, with Christopher J. Scott — who was then her husband — she brought their daughters to the Vineyard every summer.

Sheryl loved to be out in nature, to swim in the ocean and walk in fields, woods and along the shore. She enjoyed several sports, particularly tennis, ice skating and skiing. She also liked to travel and visited several countries. She was a talented amateur artist.

After retiring to Martha’s Vineyard, she was happy to set off on adventures with longtime friends from around the country who summered on the Vineyard. She particularly enjoyed time with her childhood friend Beverly Wright, and with Jean Hurd. She worked at the Gay Head Cliffs with cherished friends from the Wampanoag tribe, in particular Martha Vanderhoop and family, and also reconnected with her love of art through Featherstone Gallery.

She moved back to the mainland in 2008 because of health concerns.

Sheryl is survived by her daughter Lara Scott and son in law Thaddaeus Rowe of Hamilton, N.Y.; daughter Paige Scott Reed and son in law Chris Reed of Brookline; grandchildren Silas, Jasper and Etta; and cousins Jamie Hubert, Jim and Jody Hubert, Jonathan Hubert, and Andrea, Arjun, and Gabrielle Rao.

Her ashes will be interred in Aquinnah on Sept. 17 during a small service.

Memorial donations can be made to organizations researching a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.