"Joetta was out there on a brick pile, knocking mortar off of bricks all day… so we could use them on a walkway," he said. "She was very much the everyday person that all of us came to know and love, and she was not pretentious or presumptuous."

Cramm won a number of awards for her endeavors. Preservation Howard County bestowed her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame. She also wrote a column about history for Generations, a monthly county newspaper.

In addition to her historical projects, Cramm was active at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church and as a member of United Way. She worked as a legislative assistant for the County Council until 1989. The council voted to name a road after her – "Joetta Drive," in Elkridge.

Koppenhoefer said Cramm considered Howard County her adopted home. "She lived there more than 50 years… at some point you almost become a native," he said.

"She told me how much she appreciated the history of the county coming from an area where the history didn't go back that far," Jones said.

Cramm believed the county's past had a role to play in its future. In "Pictorial History," she wrote: "Fortunately the history of one's county does not end… Holding onto and preserving the history of our past three centuries will provide a firm basis for those who will come in the centuries ahead."

Cramm is survived by sons Ken Koppenhoefer, of Halethorpe, Greg Koppenhoefer, of Ellicott City, Kyle Koppenhoefer, of Columbus, Ohio, and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock.