Ethel B. (Brindle) Cross
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Andover - Ethel B. (Brindle) Cross of Andover died on March 21, 2020, in Andover.

Born in Providence, R.I., in 1920, Ethel was the daughter of Ethel (Sewell) and Arthur Brindle. She spent her childhood and early adolescence in Maine and New Hampshire, and moved with her family as a teenager to Andover, a town she would always call home for the rest of her life, even during the intervals when she did not live there.

After graduating from Punchard High School, Ethel went to work for the Cross Coal Company where she met Jerome Cross who was to become the love of her life. They married in 1957 and eventually moved to 59 Central St., which has been referred to by many as the loveliest house in Andover. Ethel was to live there until 2016 when she reluctantly moved after more than 50 years.

Ethel is best known for owning and operating the Andover Book Store. Even years after leaving the book business, Ethel was recognized in town for her love of reading and was a familiar diminutive figure walking up Central St. to the library and strolling in and out of Main St. shops.

A longtime presence in Andover, Ethel represented the end of an era in the town when it was a smaller and simpler place. She leaves her step-children, nieces, and nephews, a host of loving friends, and a legion of grateful readers.

Donations in Ethel's memory can be made to Friends of Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover MA 01810.

There will be no services for Ethel at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home of Andover. For additional information, please visit
Published on March 26, 2020


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Patty Cross
Mar 30, 2020
Ethel Cross was alway gracious and lovely and a wonderful hostess. She was always interested in what others were doing and made one feel welcome and cared for. My family spent many happy holidays with her and Jerry and with her after Jerry passed away. I am sad she will no longer be with us. However I believe she is happy to be back with her love, Jerry.
Arden Reynolds
Mar 28, 2020
Such a lovely lady. I knew her through Memorial Hall Library. She was always kind and respectful and beautifully dressed. My eyes would light up when I saw her; she was just that kind of person.
Jane Kerrigan
Mar 26, 2020
I met Ethel when I had toddlers and taking them into Andover bookstore with warm abemiance and fireside book reading. As well as Ethel checking on everyone! Years later I met Ethel at her assisted living home. Even that she decorated lovely. I took Ethel and her friend out to The Sea glass on the ocean for lunch for her birthday. A lovely time....Cheers to you my dear friend. I am blessed to have called you my friend !Jane
Jane Kerrigan
Mar 26, 2020
I met Ethel as she ran the charming warm and inviting Andover Book Store. Then many years later as Ethel resided in long term care we became fast friends. I took Ethel and her friend to The Seaglass on the Ocean two years ago for her Birthday!!
I celebrate your Mrs. Cross - Jane
Steven Fischer
Mar 25, 2020
I was a young publisher's sales rep in the 80's. Selling books to Ethel was always the highlight of my travels. That beautiful, warm and fully stocked store - the fireplace and cookies. Ethel was such a knowledgeable buyer of all categories, with great instincts. A real A-1 bookperson. Beautifully dressed and so tiny! May she rest in peace and find an eternity of reading in heaven.
Douglas Brindle
Mar 24, 2020
Sharing a couple of Photo's. Ethel circa 1946-'47 in Andover and Ethel & Doug - 2018.
Mar 24, 2020
ETHEL was a dear an very special friend; She lived a long and beautiful life Her spirit will remain in my heart.
Carolyn r. Dalton
Mar 24, 2020
What a lady Ethel was! Always so cheerful and always smelled divine!! Andover will miss this woman terribly!!
Douglas Brindle
Mar 24, 2020
It would take a years worth of newsprint to list and write about all the people and events Ethel helped and touched throughout her life . Aunt Ethel will be missed by many. The world lost a loving, beautiful, dignified, vibrant and generous woman.