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Bella M. Cashman

Died: 2017-12-16
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2017-12-22 / 10am -noon
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Services on Friday 12/22 10am-12noon visitation

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Middleton, MA Bella (Stone) Cashman, 83, of Middleton passed away on Saturday, December 16th, surrounded by her family at Salem hospital. Born in Salem, she was the daughter of Edson and Margaret (Gently) Stone. Bella married Joseph Cashman in 1953 and moved to Middleton in 1958 to raise their family. They purchased their home at 35 Central St. and there she began her lifelong restoration of her home and garden. It was here where she became a self-taught general contractor, electrician, plumber, painter, and expert gardener. She was truly a Jill of all trades! Bella set an example for her family by instilling the value and reward of setting personal and professional goals and achieving them. It could be a small as saving up for a bicycle or as big as starting a business. To Bella, there was no substitute for hard work, and no greater joy in the accomplishment. In her professional career she worked for the Digital Corporation as a supervisor for circuit board repair team. Upon her retirement, she became a sought after gardener, servicing communities in the North Shore. Her love of gardening was always on display in her own manicured property. Bella is survived by her four children, Joseph Cashman of Fort Collins, CO, Edson Cashman of Middleton, Patricia Kelley of Haverhill and John Cashman of Danvers. Additionally, grandchildren Tiffany Cashman-Cook and Joseph Cashman of Fort Collins, CO and great grandchildren Anthony, Michael, Nicholas and Christian Cashman-Cook. Arrangements: Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday December 22nd between 10:00am Ė 12:00 noon at the Mackey Funeral Home 128 S. Main St. Middleton, MA

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My heart breaks writing this. So many memories this time of year at your house. Always smiling and bringing us joy. You bought me a copy of Dragon Warrior for Nintendo in the 80's. I still have it to this day. I don't know if you picked it on blind luck or some how knew I would love it. When my first daughter was born I was overjoyed to have you at our baby shower. The last time we saw you was Amanda's graduation. Still the same as I remembered. I feel terrible we did not see you in so long. I drove by your house Saturday at 3:30pm turned to Jenn and said we need to make more time for to see you. Unfortunately we will not have that ability due to your passing. I am truly blessed to have had you in our lives. So much love from us Jason, Jenn, Annaliese and Isabelle
Beloved Sister: It doesn't seem possible that you have left me, the last 6 months to see you so frail, unable to do things you loved so much, having to depend on someone to take care of you, the weeks I spent with you, though all the pain, we still found moments to laugh, whether it was my crazy socks or something I said. I'll make sure to send the bill book with you. LOL.. You fought hard you just couldn't make a comeback. You the oldest sister, me the baby. it was hard being a teenager n having a 7 yr old you had to watch, how you hated having to peel those potatoes for supper. Remember Millie, our dog, as long as I live I'll never forget that night in the kitchen, she got sick n crapped all over the floor n you slipped n fell in it.. Me laughing so hard I thought u were going to kill me, you would except you couldn't get up to do it...How you loved Dad, you were the apple of his eye. You worked so hard with no help, working a full time job, sometimes 2, raising the 4 kids by yourself, your battle with cancer in the 1980's, you fought hard and won. Everything you did transforming your home into masterpiece to tending yr gardens, everything was done to perfection. Spending those last 6 days watching yr life slip away, you amazed all the doctors, you fought so hard but u were never alone. I and your amazing children by yr side til the end..it was sisters til the end..Love you Sweetie. Til we meet again. Sleep well Sis. Your home at last.👼 Your loving sister, Sue
To my life long friend Patty, How fortunate we all were to have Bella in our lives. I've called her 'Mom' ever since I can remember. She was after all, a "Chic" mom. There is no doubt that she was welcomed into heaven with open arms and a huge smile from the other "Chic" moms who have passed. Knowing they are together brings some sense of comfort. She was the strongest woman I know. You my friend, are the spitting image. Strength, resilience and humor. You made Bella proud. May she rest in peace knowing that her legacy left behind will live on. I love you, Judy
I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort. She was one of a kind. Iím sure my mom will have a coffee ready for her.
So sad to hear of your passing Bella . You were the sweetest neighbor a person could have . I have so many good memories of you I donít know where to start .I remember you trading rocks with my son who you always called Tommy and giving him ice cream and letting him help you in your beautiful yard . He loved it . I miss our talks sitting on the wall between our yards and all the gardening tips you gave me . And giving my dogs Boo and shadow treats every time they snuck off and went to your back door and you calling me to say that Eddie thought he was being chased by a skunk but it was only my dog Boo looking for her treat lol . You were an awesome neighbor and an even better friend . Even though I moved away I think about you often . Iím going to miss you my friend xoxo . Love Joyce Gary and Tommy Gobeille ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your mom was an amazing lady and so admired. Love, Jim and Debbie Henderson
Heartbroken to learn of the passing of our wonderful friend and neighbor Bella. She has made our family feel so welcome in the few years we have lived next door. She was a kind, generous, no nonsense lady. A power of example for our the whole family. We will think of her often and keep her in our prayers. Deeply missed. Kelli, Jeremiah, Sadie, Nora and Jonah. Pebbles and Fido too

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