Patricia Ware Baker Vann died on June 19. She was 92.

She was born Jan. 3, 1931 in the Riverdale neighborhood of New York City to the late Elizabeth Bailey and J. Herbert Ware. She attended the Riverdale Elementary School and Country Day School for Girls. However, almost from birth, she summered at her family’s home on West Chop, where her father was a commodore of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club and where Pat became an avid sailor. Later in life, she settled permanently in her Lambert’s Cove Road home.

The youngest of five children, Pat was predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Jack Ware, and by her two sisters, Anne Ware and Elizabeth Ware Harper.

Her son Michael was born from a brief teenage marriage to Russell C. Tilton, which ended in divorce. Pat then married Douglas Baker of Coconut Grove, Fla. and he legally adopted Michael. Tragically, Doug died of cancer after they shared 17 years of marriage and four children. Pat was widowed while still in her 40s.

In 1975, she met and married Peter J. Vann, who was originally from Block Island and a commercial fisherman. He was a loving step father to Kim and Mathew. He predeceased Pat.

When her son Scotty was five years old he suffered a traumatic accident and was severely handicapped as a result. He later died at the age of 23. Pat became involved with the Special Parents’ Association and was one of its founding members.

She was primarily a wife and mother for all of her life. Yet she found time to study and pursue a love of photography that took her all over the world. She traveled to 23 countries and many Caribbean islands. Ireland, in particular, captured her heart and she returned there many times.

Pat is remembered for her passion for photography and travel and for her love of music, from Dixieland jazz to the ballads she loved to sing. But she is best remembered for her deep love for all of her children. Two predeceased her: Dana at age four from Rocky Mountain fever and, later, Scotty. She is survived by her daughter Kim Baker and two sons, Michael and Mathew Baker. She also leaves six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven.