The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News


West Chop’s Stephanie (Steffie) Holmes Elliott passed away peacefully with family present at her home on November 18. She was 90 years old.

She was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1932 to Vaughn and Ann Holmes. Her family moved to Brookline and she was raised there as an only child among aunts, uncles and cousins.

She graduated from Northfield School for Girls in Northfield. In 1954, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and went on to earn a graduate degree at Radcliffe College. In 1988, she received a doctorate in social policy, with a specialization in geriatrics, from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

As a student, Steffie met Frank Elliott, the love of her life, while working one summer on Cape Cod. They married in Heidelberg, Germany, where Frank was then stationed, in 1955. They raised their four children in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Volunteering was at the heart of his life. She co-founded Bucks County Probation Volunteer Services in the 1970s. It continues today as Vita Educational Services, the largest provider of educational services for inmates, probationers and parolees in the county’s corrections system. of Bucks.

Steffie and Frank pioneered the Pine Run Community in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the first private life care community and medical center in the United States. Her expertise in geriatrics helped grow the business. She was also a founding member of the non-profit organization Dimensions in Aging.

For more than 50 years, she and her family spent summers at Martha’s Vineyard. She and her husband moved permanently to West Chop upon their retirement. She was a longtime member of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard. She was a strong supporter of Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, Vineyard Haven Library, and Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, as well as other local nonprofit organizations.

She is survived by her daughter Krista Elliott Riley of Zionsville, Ind. and her sons Bradford H. Elliott of Oklahoma City, Okla., Warren P. Elliott of Amherst and Richard R. Elliott of New Hope, Pa. She was much loved and will be sadly missed by her children and 10 grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held in early summer 2023. Her ashes will be buried next to her husband at Holmes Hole Cemetery in Vineyard Haven.

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