Nancy Rowena Margaret was born in London, UK, in May of 1926, a much-loved daughter of
George Lush and Annie Lush (nee Parsons). A mishandled forceps delivery at her birth left her
with a serious, permanent vision impairment in her left eye, but she never let this slow her
down. By all accounts she was a happy and precocious girl in her childhood and teen years.
She was lovingly devoted to her mother, adored her older brother, Denman, and developed
long-cherished relationships with her cousins and friends at school. She was very active and
athletic, a fast and daring bicyclist, and a horse enthusiast. One of her favorite girlhood
memories was of the horse-drawn milk-cart and the day she was allowed to drive it.
Like many children from London during WW2, she was evacuated from the city and separated
from her family for several years. She was always a very enthusiastic and bright pupil, and
despite the disruptions of this time, she graduated from Tollington High School for Girls in
midsummer 1942. Given her early excellence in math, geography, and the sciences, she
attended classes at the boy’s school, possibly a reason she was later so comfortable working in
a primarily man’s world. Undeterred by the progress of WW2, she went on to university -
unusual for women of her era - graduating from University College London with a Bachelor of
Chemistry (B.Sc. London) in 1947.
Nancy began her career at British Oxygen and worked there from 1947 to 1961. Starting as a
research chemist, she soon transferred to the patent department, where her responsibilities
included patent research. Recognized for her potential, she went on to qualify in 1959 as a
British patent agent (now called patent attorney). She recalled very happy times here, between
the work and the social connections she made. A fortuitous downsizing at British Oxygen was
her impetus to change professional direction, and in 1961 she joined Gill, Jennings & Every, a
leading firm of British Patent Agents based in London.
In 1965, at the age of 39, she became partner at the firm, then only about the fifth woman in
the UK to become partner in a patent firm, and the first or second woman to achieve that
without family connections to the firm. She took her mother’s advice never to let being a
woman stop her professionally, while privately acknowledging that “women have to work twice
as hard as men” to achieve the same goals. However hard the work had been, her success in
patent law was a source of immense professional and personal satisfaction, and she often
recounted tales of this time with much happiness and gratitude.
Gill Jennings & Every relied on the partners developing personal relationships with agents in
associated firms and industrial departments at home and around the world, and Nancy had a
wide network of business contacts many of whom were also personal friends. She maintained
a life-long membership and interest in the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys in the UK.
While at the firm she worked on a mutual case with American patent lawyer Robert Bernard
Russell (Bob), who would go on to become her husband and greatest love. They enjoyed travel
to the capitals of Europe and membership in the Wig & Pen, a private club for lawyers and
journalists in London. In 1967 they welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Sarah, moving
from London to Boston, Massachusetts where Bob’s law practice was based. Nancy dedicated
herself to making a stable and happy home for her family, and a second daughter, Emma, was
born in 1971.
Their marriage was a happy and affectionate one, busy with raising their daughters and building
a home in Chestnut Hill, MA. Nancy supported Bob in his law firm, Russell & Tucker, and they
had a lasting intellectual bond, often discussing questions of the law after the day’s chores were
done. Leisure times were enjoyed at The Country Club in Brookline, where Bob played tennis
and Nancy golfed and curled, and summers were split between visiting family in the UK and
spending time on Martha’s Vineyard.
From childhood Nancy had had three material wishes: a mink coat, a model train set, and a
horse. Bob got her the first two, the latter of which took a place of pride in the formal living
room for many years. She never got the horse, but she and Bob made one for the girls out of a
giant sawhorse and brown plush, and it became a beloved “pet” that also lived in the house for
Bob passed away unexpectedly in 1988, and Nancy carried on with admirable fortitude to
maintain a secure home base for her daughters. She rebuilt her career, first earning her real
estate license and working as a sales broker, and later returning to patent law, qualifying by
examination as a US Patent Agent in 1992. She was an advisor and paralegal in Lahive &
Cockfield, LLP in Boston from 1989-1995, where she thoroughly enjoyed not only the legal
work, but also the friendships she made with the people at the firm, who appreciated her keen
insight and depth of experience.
Nancy, ever the scientist, was an avid health enthusiast. She had a strong understanding of
behavioral factors for health and longevity, notably nutrition and exercise. In the 1950s she
developed a low-carbohydrate diet from which she never deviated, likely the reason that she
was vibrant and slim right up to her final days. She exercised every day - from her power walks
around the neighborhood to strengthening exercises she would do at home. She had an
enviable physique, but not wanting to brag, would say that she got her strong arms while
pitching hay during the Evacuation, and that she was “as good as any man”.
While she adapted to life in the US, she remained very British at heart, and was always devoted
to her family in the UK. In her later years she joined a society called Daughters of the British
Empire, enjoying social gatherings with a group in Massachusetts. She made trips back to the
UK to visit family and friends as frequently as she could, and in recent years regretted not being
able to travel because of COVID-19.
In addition to her early love of horse-drawn vehicles, Nancy bore a strong affection for cars anddriving, starting with her beloved 1920s Austin 7, which she named Giuseppe. In the 1950s she
took driving lessons, received a special rally driving license, and together with her first husband,
George Hulbert, participated in road rallies across Europe. In later life she pulled those skills
out of the bag, when against the clock and dashing through Boston to one of the girls’ many
after-school activities. She finally ceased driving at age 93, to her extreme regret.
For many years Nancy ran a bed and breakfast out of her home in Chestnut Hill, MA and later in
Needham, MA. She delighted in the many visitors, especially repeat visitors, and the guest
book, with its signatures and friendly comments, was a treasure to her.
Nancy was bright and inquisitive about the world around her, and very connected to the flora
and fauna of her surroundings. She was often sharing a story of a turtle, a deer, or a fox that
had appeared in her garden, or of a pair of birds that had nested in a nearby tree. She found
the wild turkeys at the roadside in Martha’s Vineyard amusing as she drove past, and would
sometimes playfully approach them, curious of their reaction. The health and thriving of the
plants and trees in her care was also of great concern to her, especially in the latter 20 years of
her life when she lived at The Cove in Marion, MA, where she became Homeowner’s
Association president for a time and was responsible for the design and implementation of a
community beautification project.
After retirement she was involved in volunteer work, such as driving elderly people to their
appointments, even herself being over 80. Being fit and capable was a source of pride for her,
and she sought to put the needs of others above her own. Well into her 90s she was still
making solo trips to the UK and Europe, much to the amazement of her peers.
Nancy identified as agnostic and held staunchly liberal political views. She kept abreast of
current events, reading the newspaper daily and following television news programs, and as
such was greatly concerned about recent turns toward fascism in global politics. She once
commented on how much she hated the former president Trump, adding “and I’ve never hated
anyone!”. When asked, “not even Hitler?”, she explained, “no, because at least we were
fighting him!”.
She had close connections with many friends from her past, with whom she kept in touch
through visits and yearly Christmas letters. In her 80s she made several long trips to places that
had always been dream destinations, such as Australia and New Zealand, and returned to a
Catalan coastal village, Tamariu, that she had remembered with special fondness from when
she took a holiday alone in the 1960s as a young, happy, independent professional.
Nancy passed away in Plymouth, Massachusetts on October 5th, 2022 after a brief illness, at the
age of 96. She is survived by her two daughters and three grandchildren.

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.