Brenda S. Dean, a certified public accountant who had worked for Howard County government as an assistant county auditor, died of colon cancer June 8 at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.
The Eldersburg resident was 66.
Brenda Smith was born in Houlton, Maine, and was raised there and in Springfield, Mass.
She was a graduate of Baltimore Bible College and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland.
In 1984, she earned a master's degree in accounting from Loyola College and became a certified public accountant the next year.
Mrs. Dean had worked for 19 years as an assistant county auditor for Howard County until retiring in 2005.
Mrs. Dean was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy, where she had been church treasurer and a Sunday school teacher.
She also had volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.
She was an avid flower gardener and enjoyed collecting dolls and Longaberger baskets.
Services for Mrs. Dean at Arlington National Cemetery are private.
Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Benjamin Franklin Dean III, a retired Army colonel and Social Security Administration office director; two daughters, Jennifer Solomos of Lovettsville, Va., and Katie Engemann of Fort Meade; her mother, Pauline F. Powell White of Manchester, Conn.; a brother, David Smith of South Carolina; two sisters, Cheryl Pringle and Phyllis Cavin, both of Manchester, Conn.; and six grandchildren.