Barbara Ann Cahill

May 13, 1946August 23, 2018
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Barbara Ann Cahill, of Peru, Maine passed away on August 26, 2018, with her loving children and grandchildren by her side. The daughter of Margaret Elizabeth Sherman and William Pierce Cahill, Barbara was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on May 13, 1946. She spent much of her childhood living on a farm in Bradford, Maine with her brothers and sisters. She later settled in Hudson, Massachusetts, where she met her former husband, Bill, and raised her five daughters—Debra, Bonnie, Dawn, Margaret, and Linda.

In addition to her work inside the home as a mother and wife, Barbara spent many years working in clerical, secretarial, and administrative positions. She spent ten years working at Digital Equipment Corporation in Massachusetts, where she began as cleaner and worked her way up to becoming a secretary. Years later, she enjoyed working at several video rental stores in Western Maine.

Her family and those that knew her will surely remember her for the passionate sports fan, animal lover, and BINGO aficionado that she was. Though she had faced hard times at many points in her life, Barbara had found comfort and peace in recent years more so than she ever had before—retired, living on a quiet, rural road, her two dogs always by her side, and a steady stream of visits from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Barbara is predeceased by her parents, her brother George Cahill, her sisters Jean Cahill, Kathleen Cross, and Peggy Libro, and her former husband and father of her five daughters William Hussian, who she maintained a close friendship with until his passing.

She is survived by her daughters Debra A. Hussian and partner, Paul Brigham, of Lunenburg, MA, Bonnie L. Punch and husband, Phillip, of Natick, MA, Dawn M. Hamilton and husband, Charles, of Millbury, MA, Margaret E. Niblick and husband, Paul, of Peru, ME, Linda L. Varnum and husband, Leroy, of Rumford; grandchildren Jessica Sargent and Allan Hussian, Jake, Dylan, and Jesse Punch and his wife, Mona, Samantha Hamilton, Brett Beauchesne, Cassie and Chris Glynn and his wife, Kadie, and Katherine MacDonald, Nicholas and Austin Varnum; sister Audrey Ellingwood of Riverview, FL; brother William Cahill and wife, Gail, of Bradford, ME; and sister-in-law Alicia Belanger. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Barbara asked that when a time came for us to gather and remember her life after she passed that no one wear black. She loved bright colors and sparkle, and we would like to honor her wishes by dressing accordingly.


  • William Pierce Cahill, Father
  • Margaret Elizabeth (Sherman) Cahill, Mother
  • Debra A. Hussian & Companion Paul Brigham, Daughter
  • Bonnie L. Punch & Husband Philip, Daughter
  • Dawn M. Hamilton & Husband Charles, Daughter
  • Margaret E. Niblick & Husband Paul, Daughter
  • Linda L. Varnum & Husband Leroy, Daughter
  • Audrey Ellingwood, Sister
  • William Cahill & Wife Gail, Brother
  • Alicia Belanger, Sister-in-law
  • Jessica Sargent, Granddaughter
  • Allan Hussian, Grandson
  • Jesse Punch & Wife Mona, Grandson
  • Dylan Punch, Grandson
  • Jake Punch, Grandson
  • Samantha Hamilton, Granddaughter
  • Chris Glynn & Wife Kadie, Grandson
  • Cassie Glynn, Granddaughter
  • Brett Beachesne, Grandson
  • Nicolas Varnum, Grandson
  • Katherine MacDonald, Granddaughter
  • Austin Varnum, Grandson
  • William R. Hussian, Former Husband
  • Jean Cahill, Sister
  • Kathleen Cross, Sister
  • Peggy Libro, Sister
  • George Cahill, Brother


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Barbara Ann Cahill

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Lacey Dunham

September 7, 2018

You accepted me as one of your own, never to judge or question. So full of love and sparkle. Thanks for taking in this stray too Gram, you're in my heart always❤️ I'm going to miss you, I got plenty of tiger lillies for you. We will meet again 💕

Hope Bushey

September 6, 2018

I have known the entire Hussian family basically my entire life I was around 4 ish when they moved across the street from me I still remember saying 5 Girls all for me As they piled out the station wagon i was so excited this family became my family Mr.H an Mrs.H/mom were like my second set of parents to me always were I'm so thankful to have had you all in my life an especially for my Linny Linda Varnum my best friend I could ever have all 5 of these ladies are my sisters at heart I will miss your smile Mrs.H/mom I will miss your hugs cause when you hugged me it felt like home like central st an the central st crew was a family an most of still are I love you all an you will all be in my heart always an forever !!!

Dede Mixter

September 4, 2018

There are ao many memories of Barbara. She loved bingo and always full of life and loves her dogs. She was like a second mom to me and you girls are my second familys always sisters. The day i drove up to see Barbara with the electric chair for her to get aroumd was. the best day and spent rhe day with her talkng about old times and her showing me all her jewelry with color you are at peace now and may ypu fly high as an Angel. Love always

Samantha Hamilton

September 3, 2018

I honestly don’t know exactly what to say. Barbara was my gram and a very important part of my life. She has been around me since the day I was born, she helped raise me and as she got older I returned the favor in helping take care of her. She was my world, my best friend. We shared so many interests with music, tv shows, sports & sparkles! She had the most infectious laugh even when nothing was funny. Since I spent most of my time with her I can’t pinpoint any specific memory as my favorite. All the time spent with her has been a favorite piece of my life. I don’t know what life will be like for me now that she has passed but I do know that she’d want me to spend it as happy as I could possibly be. Which is exactly what I am going to do. Love you always Grammy & will miss you forever 💖

Carlene Simpson

August 30, 2018

The memory I will always carry with me, would be the day Barbara and Deb turned me on to Nascar. Barbara picked a new rookie driver for me to follow, not knowing anything about anyone yet. She picked Jimmie Johnson for me. Well it was a great pick, He went on to win 6 Championships following that year and holds the record. Boy does she know how to pick em' Barbara you treated me like I was your own, and you will be greatly missed ❤