Growing up in Back Bay, Boston, Cary first came to Nantucket in the summer of 1979 after her family bought a saltbox in Dionis. She graduated from Emma Willard School, attended Skidmore College, and later returned to Nantucket after graduating from Chamberlain School of Retailing in Boston. In addition to managing several shops on Nantucket (including the beloved Best of the Beach,) Cary successfully raised the capital necessary to become a co-owner of The Westender Restaurant in Madaket (now Millie’s), and subsequently managed the restaurant’s finances and accounting. Cary has also served as the Financial Secretary for the First Congregational Church and is on the board of The Samaritans on Cape Cod and The Islands.
Cary has been a full-time island resident since 1994 and lives with her husband Jeff, a private corporate pilot, her two island-born teenagers Alden and Jackson, and their Goldendoodle, Juno. The Turners live in an antique home in Miacomet that they moved from Quaise in 2001 after seeing it up for demolition in the local newspaper.