Frances E. Maciel died on May 25 at Windemere Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Oak Bluffs. She was 89.

She was born January 29, 1934 in the Bronx in New York City, the second child of Stephen J.and Kathleen Murphy Curtin. Her family later settled in Boston and she attended Roxbury High School.

Fran was the proud mother of four children, Corinne, Karen, Stephen and Kristine. She enjoyed the pleasures, such as birthdays, holidays and social activities, of a growing family.

She was a loving grandmother to Kara, Matthew, Shannon, Katie, Jackie, Stephanie, Aisling and Kerianne. She loved to tell stories and enjoyed reading stories with them. She was a loving great-grandmother to Kendall, Jack Jake, Carter, Liam and Arden.

She greatly enjoyed the summer visits of friends and family spent relaxing at State Beach. She loved winter holidays, with family gatherings, gift giving and the joy of decorating her home.

Fran was employed as a receptionist in the office of Dr. Russell S. Hoxsie. She said that while working there, she was able to get help and was grateful to Alcoholics Anonymous and friends in the recovery community.

When her children were in school, she started working part time in local shops. This lead to a long career in retail working in stores along Vineyard Haven’s Main street, including The Sea Chest, CB Stark Jewelers, Mardell’s Gift Shop, Murray’s of the Vineyard and Rainy Day. While employed at Murray’s she also served as the Estee Lauder cosmetics consultant for the store. She had loved the cosmetic line for years and was proud to be their consultant.

Fran is survived by her children, Corinne Medeiros, Karen Lobdell, Stephen Hopp and Kristine Hopp; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Richard J. Curtin and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, William F. Maciel and her former spouse Alfred H. Hopp. She was also predeceased by her parents, and siblings Kathleen Reynolds, Christopher Curtin, Stephen J. Curtin, John A. Curtin, Virginia McIntrye, Noreen Curtin, Patrick Curtin and Charles Curtin.

A graveside service will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m.. As she wished, a gathering at State Beach will follow the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard.

Arrangements are under the care of Chapman Funerals & Cremations in Oak Bluffs. For online condolences and more information, please visit