Beatrice S. Amaral of West Tisbury died at home on Sept. 16. She was 97.

She was the wife of Robert E Amaral Sr. who predeceased her on July 9, 1990, and to whom she was married for 47 years. She was the mother of Robert E. Amaral Jr. and his wife Judith, Joseph A. Amaral Sr. and his wife Judith, Loree M. Parker and her husband Gerald, and Sherri L. Church and her husband Thomas. She was the sister of Manuel Silva and his wife Bertha and Robert Silva and his wife Carmen.

She was born on June 14, 1925 in Dartmouth. She was best known as the owner and expert seamstress of Bea’s Fabric Shop in West Tisbury where she lovingly made the wedding dresses of the many brides in her family.

She enjoyed traveling the world with her husband. In later years she spent her time traveling with her children.

She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great grandchildren who she loved dearly. She was known as Grandma Sweetie and enjoyed making sweetie sweaters for them all.

In addition to her husband, Beatrice was predeceased by her parents John Silva and Rachel Silva; sister Inez Silva Perry; brothers Raymond Silva and John Silva; granddaughter Rhonda Grundstein; grandsons Thomas Swift, Scott Amaral and Joseph Amaral Jr.; great-grandson Brian Amaral; and great-granddaughter Jamie Amaral.

She will be interred at the West Tisbury Cemetery in the spring and a memorial will be held at that time. Further information about services will be updated closer to the date.