Eleanor Jane Nutting Peterson-Allen, 89, of Plymouth MA passed over February 17, 2015 at home, peaceful and at ease. Born in Fitchburg MA on October 26, 1925, daughter of Ruth (Childs) and Raymond Nutting, Elle was raised in Fitchburg, where she attended Hosmer Elementary School, and in Groton, where she graduated from Groton High School in 1943 with a gold ?G? for academic excellence. Elle studied Nursing at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital where she met her future husband, Dr. Herbert Gerhard ?Pete? Peterson Jr., son of Mary Eleanor (Judge) and Herbert Gerhard Peterson Sr. of Mansfield PA. Elle and Pete were married August 26, 1946 in Fitchburg MA. She began raising their five boys, Gary, Lance, Peter, Erik and Hans, in Walpole MA and then in New Britain CT. While Elle focused on the family Pete received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1948 and subsequently completed his Internship and Residency in Radiology. Elle and Pete moved to Encino CA in 1956 where Pete was Chief Radiologist at Children?s Hospital of Los Angeles and Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of Southern California. The family grew while in California with the addition of three girls, Gretchen, Francie, and Priscilla. Following Pete?s passing on December 5, 1960 at age 37, Elle returned to her roots in MA with her eight children. Raising eight children as a single parent is a challenge for anyone. Elle excelled at that challenge at 7 Elm St. in Kingston MA. She made sure each child had connection and direction and freedom to pursue their individual interests. She shared and instilled in her children all the things she loved. Favorite family activities included story time and reading aloud. She created many opportunities for each of her children to appreciate art, the theater, and music. Her greatest love was spending time taking walks with her family in the woods, being close to nature and its wonders. She organized mountain hikes, picnics, and sundrenched days at the beach to create joyful family time. In the midst of single parenting Elle found time to Candy Stripe at the Hospital, Pattern special needs children, work as a hospice caregiver, and become a Third Degree Reiki Master. In 1986 Elle moved to Plymouth Commons where she met Bruce N. Allen. They exchanged Tree of Life engagement rings at Portland Head, a favorite place they enjoyed returning to many times. They were married on February 27, 1993 and spent much of their time visiting Maine and enjoying Cape Cod. Elle and Bruce had a wonderful and joyful time together. Bruce provided a loud and robust counterpoint to Elle?s quiet and thoughtful nature. They shared all their passions with the energy of two younger people. Bruce remodeled their home to have the look and feel of a log cabin in the woods, just to give Elle the environment she could thrive in. Bruce was just what Elle needed after raising eight children. After Bruce passed over on November 26, 1996, Elle continued her trips to Maine with her sister, Barbara. She returned to gardening, paying special attention to bringing unique, special, and sometimes rare plants, shrubs, and trees into her yard. She recognized a wide spectrum of ?green? and made sure the ?greens? of her yard flowed seamlessly into their surroundings. Her children recognized Elle?s love of growing things with gifts of Lilies and Lady Slippers, Ginkgo and Dogwood trees, and Flowering Almond and Franklinia shrubs. Each addition was given a special place in her yard and memory. She rejoiced with the colorful blooms of spring, summer, and fall, as well as the warmth of her ?Log Cabin? in the winter. Elle taught her children to give thanks for each day come rain or shine, always being mindful of the needs of others, knowing that in the end our passing is but a metamorphosis and our spirit lives on in the lives we have touched. We live, we love, and we find happiness in the simple things in life. As a Third Degree Reiki Master Elle believed and wished for each of her children: May we be filled with loving kindness and gratitude May you be well May we be peaceful and at ease May you be happy She is survived by her sister, Barbara Nutting Fleming of Barnstable MA; her five sons: Gary of Laytonville CA, Lance of Idaho Falls ID, Peter of Seattle WA, Erik of Bondurant WY, and Hans of Kingston MA; her three daughters: Gretchen of Plymouth MA, Francie of Redwood Valley CA, and Priscilla of Plymouth MA; and her 16 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, and one Great-Great Grandchild. Elle was also a devoted ?Grammy El? to an extended family of Step-Grandchildren and Step-Great-Grandchildren. As a Breast Cancer Survivor, Elle would appreciate that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Breast Cancer Research or the American Heart Association. A private celebration of Elle?s life will be held amid the blooms of spring, her favorite time of year at Kingston, MA

Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico

Funeral Director

Kathy has been a lifelong resident of Plymouth and grew up in the funeral business. After graduating from Plymouth Carver High in 1974, she earned her Funeral Director’s license at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After her father’s retirement in 1985, Kathy took over his business. She was selected by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Division of Professional Licensure under the board of Funeral Directing and Embalming for several years which included a position as Chairman. Kathy also served on CURA Visiting Nurses, Cranberry Hospice, and Plymouth Public Library as a board member. Kathy also served on committees for St. Mary Parish in Plymouth. She was the first woman President for the Plymouth Kiwanis. In addition, she also was deployed to St. Charles Parish and New Orleans as a Mortuary Officer for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) following the events of Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is the proud mother of twins and grandmother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family and her dog Morticia.

Paul Santos

Funeral Director

Paul has been a Plymouth native his entire life. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School Class of 1971. He attended Massasoit Community College and received a degree in Business Administration. Paul had an interest in the Funeral Industry and decided to attend the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He received his funeral directing license in 1975. Paul apprenticed with a local funeral home from 1974-1976. His career took another turn where he became a Sergeant for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Paul has been retired for the past few years and has rejoined the funeral industry here at Cartmell-Davis. He is a Communicant of St Joseph Church in Kingston as well as a Eucharist Minster. Paul served on the Plymouth Board of Health for eight years where he also served as Chairman for two of those years. Paul is active in the community and is a member of the American Legion Post 40 SAL Squadron, Past Vice President for the Unity Club and is also a member of the Seaside Club, the Hill Top Club, the Columbo Club, the Young America Club. Paul is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #4480 in Kingston, MA.

Seth Silveira

Funeral Director

Seth has been working with Cartmell-Davis since 2018 and is a recent graduate of Cape Cod Community College, earning his degree in Mortuary Science. A strong sense of service to the elderly and disabled person, he has advocated for their independent living and safe homes prior to joining the funeral home. Seth is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business. In his spare time, Seth enjoys golf, playing the guitar and volunteering as a youth baseball umpire.

Heidie L. Grant

Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Heidie (Lawrence) Grant has worked in the funeral service business for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with a dedicated, caring and generous staff of people who believe that assisting families during their difficult time is top priority. She believes in meeting and exceeding all expectations throughout the entire funeral planning process and doing whatever possible to make it easier for the family.

Mary Aveni

Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Mary is happy to be back home in Plymouth after living and working on the North Shore of Boston in a well-known funeral home for the past 30 years. Mary attended Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences where she earned her degree in Funeral Service. She joined the Cartmell-Davis team in 2017 and has reacquainted with the community, family and friends. Mary knew her pathway at a young age. Her desire to help people with compassion, comfort and respect has guided her love for funeral service. Mary was asked by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) to offer her assistance immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001. Mary worked diligently with DNA Specialists and Families helping them through a horrific time in our nation’s history. Mary is one of four siblings and has 2 nephews. Mary is a proud member of the Plymouth Arts Center. On time off, Mary relaxes by the sand or surf but is always up for listening to music, taking in an art show or seeing a play and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel R. Holland

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director

Dan is a proud graduate of Plymouth North High School Class of 2000. His desire to work with families and the community lead him to attend the Funeral Institute of the Northeast upon his graduation. As a former Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), he has helped families find closure in the worst times such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Continental Flight 3407 disaster in Buffalo, NY. Dan has been recognized as the top “40 under 40” by the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine (2017). Always willing to learn, Dan is busy attending classes and seminars to better serve the funeral profession and families. Actively involved in the Lions Club (Past President), you can find him out with his dog Harper, or working on his home with his husband Chris.

Kenneth Dooley

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth began his career in International Banking in New York City. After 25 years, he decided to start a new career as a business owner in Key West. After 20 years in the event business Kenneth and his husband Peter decided to sell their business. As a recent transplant to Plymouth, Kenneth has joined us in his new position as CFO. Kenneth brings to the table 40 years of accounting and business expertise to our family business focusing on the day to day financial operations.

Jeffrey D. LaForest

Funeral Assistant, After Care Coordinator, Vice President / Owner

Jeff has been part of the Cartmell-Davis family his entire life as cousin to Kathy Cartmell Sirrico. Experienced as a funeral apprentice, he lends a hand, offers an ear to listen and guides survivors to celebrating a life in his work as After Care Coordinator. Jeff believes that “each family grieves differently; no family grieves the same”. Jeff is a former Flight Attendant/Recruiter who retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines. Pairing his knowledge of both the funeral and airline industry, he compassionately cared for the crew members families that lost a loved one following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, Jeff is a former Mortuary Officer of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina where he assisted in recovery efforts. He is a cantor/soloist for St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth. Jeff is a proud Uncle to several nieces and nephews, loves spending time with family, friends and his husband John and their two dogs Shelby and M’Lynn.

John J. Vincent, Jr.

Funeral Director and Insurance Agent, President / Owner

A lifelong Plymouth native, John is actively involved in the community with leadership roles with the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Council #4480, Knights of Columbus, Old Colony Club, Young America Club and the Portuguese Continental Union Lodge #1 Plymouth. Equally, he is dedicated to serving his funeral profession as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Funeral Directors Association and as a Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) for FEMA. If asked, John would say the most rewarding part of his work is serving families during the most difficult times by listening and helping them through the healing process. He loves being part of a team that shares his compassionate manner and celebratory service. During time off, John loves living in the Pinehills Community with his husband, Jeff, and their two dogs, Shelby and M’Lynn, traveling, the sunshine and spending time with friends.