Dorothy Cross-Sevon

Oct 03, 2017

Dorothy (Brown) Cross-Sevon, affectionately known as “Sallie,” a Brookline, Mass., native and formerly of Rockland, died peacefully Oct. 2, 2017, in Concord, Mass., with her family at her side. She was 96.

The wife of the late Raymond Cross and the late Unto Sevon, she was also predeceased by her children, Sarah Abel and George Colburn; parents William and Sarah (Allen) Brown; and her siblings Eleanor, Madeline, Lillian, Sarah, Ruthie and George.

She is survived by her daughter Dorothy Zolkowski and husband George of Brooksville, Fla.; a sister Marjorie O’Keefe of Newburyport, Mass., formerly of Arlington, Mass.; daughter-in-law Kathleen Colburn of Harvard, Mass.; seven grandchildren including Sarah Rosenfield of Harvard; and nieces, nephews and their families; and her best friend, Erleen Harden Martin of Rockland.

A 40-year resident of Rockland, Mrs. Cross-Sevon and her late husband Raymond owned and operated the former Humpty Dumpty Restaurant. Sallie also owned a consignment shop on Main Street, and worked as a police woman, dispatcher and bail clerk for the police department. She served on the Congregational Church building committee, the Save the Lighthouse Committee, and volunteered at the Farnsworth Museum, counting the Wyeths among her friends. Following the death of her husband Raymond, she continued her life in Rockland and eventually met and later married Unto Sevon. They enjoyed their time in Brooksville, Fla., where they owned an ostrich farm and Sallie operated a gift shop in Dade City. Following Unto’s death Mrs. Cross-Sevon move back to New England to be close to family.

Visiting hours are Friday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave. (Rte 111), Acton, Mass. Interment in Achorn Cemetery, Rockland, is at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For the memorial page and full obituary including “Sallie’s Odyssey” by her friend, Erleen, please visit

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