Arba Maria Clark, a longtime resident of Vineyard Haven, died Nov. 2. She was 78.

She was born in New York city, the loving daughter of Willa Cherot of Englewood, N.J. and the late Walter Clark Sr. She was raised in New York city and in Englewood, N.J. She graduated from St. Cecilia High School in Englewood.

She worked unselfishly to raise her children and create an all in one contractor business called Arba’s One Stop Service.

She served the community of Martha’s Vineyard for more than 40 years. In her early years she worked as an emergency medical technician for the Tisbury police department as well as a midwife health care provider.

She had a fun-loving personality that encompassed the love of music, dancing and entertaining. Her love for Martha’s Vineyard is well known by all who knew her. She cherished being on the Island and always wanted people around her to enjoy life and enjoy all that the Island had to offer.

Arba was the devoted mother of Walter and Erica Holliday of Louisiana, Arba Marte of New Jersey, Erik Wildanger of Massachusetts, and Jamie and Stacy Wildanger of Massachusetts. Her memory will also be cherished by her grandchildren Timothy Wildanger, Kristi Wildanger, Jasselle Wildanger, Michael Marte and Kyra Wildanger, and many family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her father Walter Clark Sr.; brothers Walter P. Clark and the Honorable Joseph Clark, both of Englewood, N.J.; and her son John VanPutten of Vineyard Haven.

Her funeral was held on Nov. 9 at Volk Leber Funeral Home in Teaneck, N.J. Interment followed at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, N.J. A memorial service will be held on the Vineyard on a future date.