Sally Ellen Cabral


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Topsfield - On Sat., June 15, 2019, Sally Ellen Cabral (Pelletier) of Topsfield, Mass., beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and dearest friend, passed away in peace at the age of 82 at Beverly Hospital. She was surrounded by her loving family. Sally was born on March 16, 1937, in Middleton, Mass., to Eugene Sr. and Doris (Osgood) Pelletier. She graduated from Danvers' Holten High School in 1955 and married James Cabral. They had three sons and a daughter.
Sally's greatest passion was her family. Following a divorce, she raised her four children largely by herself at a time when being a "single mom with children" was uncommon. She returned to the workforce as a school bus driver at Kinson Bus Lines and as a secretary at Hunneman Real Estate, Topsfield. She later accepted a position at the Hogan Regional Center, Danvers, Mass., and faithfully served the Commonwealth of Mass. for more than 20 years.
In retirement, she was an active golfer, bowler, and walker. She converted to Catholicism later in her life and was devoted to the Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Topsfield, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a regular volunteer election worker in town and very active with her high school reunion committees. She was a devoted fan of St. John's Prep sports since 1952. As a 53-year resident of Topsfield, she was "Everyone's Mom," legendary for her willingness to lend a sympathetic ear and to provide comfort food to all. Her clam chowder, soups, and spaghetti with meatballs were "world class!" Her door was always open and there was always an extra place at her dinner table. Sally will be sorely missed in Topsfield. She is survived by her daughter Rebecca Cabral of Beverly; and her sons, Peter Cabral and his wife Ann of Beverly, Brian Cabral and his wife Linda Shepherd of Topsfield, Jonathan Cabral of Baltimore, Md.; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
There will be a memorial service to honor her life at 4 p.m., Thurs., June 20, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church, Topsfield.
Published on June 19, 2019
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Peter Modest
Jun 21, 2019
I will miss our telephone chats.
Lonnie & Steve Haseltine
Jun 20, 2019
The world will be a less happy place without Sally Cabral! She was a rock and foundation to so many people...she was always there for everyone, kids, family, and adults alike. The genuine article of love and friendship. We will miss her in our lives. Loving thoughts to Rebecca and all Sally's children.
Kelly LaRocca
Jun 19, 2019
Sending my thoughts and prayers to family and friends. My condolences for your loss. Peace be with you.

God Bless
Cheryl & Sandra
Jun 18, 2019
Sorry for your loss Rebecca - may she Rest In Peace and peace be with you and your entire family.
masconomet healthcare
Jun 18, 2019
Rest in peace Sally
Marcia Sherwood Low
Jun 18, 2019
You will be so sorely missed at many levels..
Judy O'Leary
Jun 18, 2019
Sending prayers to Pete and Ann and the entire Cabral family. Sally was one in a million.