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MIDDLETON, MA - Bella (Stone) Cashman, 83, of Middleton, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 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, Colo., Edson Cashman of Middleton, Patricia Kelley of Haverhill, and John Cashman of Danvers. Additionally, she is survived by grandchildren, Tiffany Cashman-Cook and Joseph Cashman of Fort Collins, Colo.; and great-grandchildren, Anthony, Michael, Nicholas and Christian Cashman-Cook.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, December 22, between 10 a.m. and 12 noon at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Middleton, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made at www.mspca.org/donate-now/. To leave a condolence, kindly visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 19, 2017
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