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Elizabeth Ann Visvis

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Published in April 2023

Of Wellesley, MA and Wellington, FL, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home in Wellesley on Thursday, April 13th.

Born on January 23, 1935, in Burlington, Vermont; daughter of the late Edward H. Gunter and Betty (Suddard) Gunter, both of Canada. Elizabeth was raised in Athol, MA and was a graduate of Athol High School and Colby Sawyer College. After raising her own children, she enjoyed playing golf as a member of Wellesley Country Club and Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. The joys of her life, however, were her two grandchildren, Amanda and Taylor. Many hours were spent painting and drawing in “Nanny’s” studio, working in the garden and baking cookies in the kitchen.

Elizabeth’s professional painting career began in 1975 using oils and acrylics. Two years later she developed her love of watercolors. As her primary medium, she was well known for using watercolor to express the delicacy and fragility of flowers. Years later Elizabeth developed an interest in the human figure as well as incorporating elements of collage in her work. She earned the prestigious title of Designated Copley Society Artist awarded by the Copley Society, Boston. In addition, Elizabeth was an award-winning member of the National League of Pen Women (Arts), Washington DC, and a long-time supporter of the Wellesley Society of Artists, The Danforth Art Museum, The West Palm Beach Armory Art Center and Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

Elizabeth’s love of painting, gardening and flower arranging were interwoven through her vision of the world. She saw beauty and wonder in even the smallest of details. She carried this love to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where she was an active member for many years, and truly loved working with the Altar Guild team where she was known for artistic floral creations. Elizabeth was also involved as a volunteer with the Wellesley Service League and Wellesley Friendly Aid.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Christopher Visvis, Sr. in 2019. She is survived by her loving children Christopher A. Visvis, Jr. and his wife Betsy Bentley Visvis of Wellesley, MA and Catherine Visvis Belsky and her husband David of Franklin, MA; her cherished grandchildren Amanda Visvis of Somerville, MA and Taylor Visvis of Washington, DC; her dear brother Robert Gunter of Saco, Maine and her two nephews and niece, Mark Gunter and the late Gregory Gunter and Lisa Gunter Foster.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a service in celebration of Elizabeth’s life at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 258 Concord St., Newton, MA on April 20, 2023, at 11am. Interment will be private at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052 West Falmouth, MA. (

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