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In Memory of 

Vivian Emma Cushing

Founding Member of the Marstons Mills Historical Society


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by David S. Martin, President,
Marstons Mills Historical Society

I would like to share some thoughts about our dear friend Vivian Cushing upon her passing in August this year.  I knew her for somewhat less time than others of us in our Historical Society; I first met her in 2002 when I joined the Society.  She was the faithful Treasurer of the Society for many years; she also made an important impact on our village and beyond by co-authoring with the late Jim Gould the excellent Arcadia book on the History of Marstons Mills, which is still in print; we should add that she unselfishly donated all of her royalties from the book to the Society. And she has left us a permanent trove of recorded history about the Village through many categorized pages of handwritten narratives about individuals and events in the Village over many years--these continue to be available in the Archives of the Society and are used by several researchers every year. Most of all, she was a warm and cheerful person who was always ready to help others at a moment's notice. We as a Village and as a Society are richer in many ways because of this long life that was so fully lived.

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