Deirdre Huddles

Deirdre Huddles (Baltimore Sun / August 13, 2012)

Deirdre Diane "Dee" Huddles, a master gardener who was co-founder of a gardening services company, was killed Wednesday in an automobile accident near Butler.

The Glyndon resident was 69.

Baltimore County police reported that Ms. Huddles was driving north on Falls Road near Butler about 9 p.m. when her 2009 Subaru Forester was involved in an accident with a truck, which caused her car to overturn. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by county police.

The daughter of a British foreign service officer and a homemaker, Deirdre Diane Hunt was born in Ceylon, and raised in Rhodesia and Capetown, South Africa.

She was a 1961 graduate of Herschel Girls School in Capetown, which she attended for 12 years, and after two years of childhood education training, taught English in schools in New Zealand, Spain and Belgium.

Ms. Huddles came to Washington in 1975, where she completed her studies at American University and married William M. Huddles.

The couple moved to Baltimore in 1976, and Ms. Huddles earned a master's degree in special education from what is now Loyola University Maryland.

The marriage later ended in divorce.

A master gardener, Ms. Huddles was a co-founder with Amanda Wharton of Gaillardia Inc., a gardening services company that they owned and operated from 1993 to 2008. In recent years, she continued working in the same field with Foxglove Garden Co.

Ms. Huddles also earned a real estate license and had been associated with Hill & Co., and later with Yerman, Witman, Gaines and Conklin Realty.

She was an equestrian and had been a member of Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. She also had maintained a lifelong interest in yoga and had conducted classes.

Ms. Huddles also enjoyed golfing and studying religions.

"Dee projected joie de vivre," said Bert Kummerow, a longtime friend who is director of the Maryland Historical Society. "When you saw her welcoming smile and heard her lilting English accent, you knew you were in for an interesting conversation on a wide variety of subjects."

For the past 23 years, Ms. Huddles had been a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Reisterstown, where she had served on the vestry and grounds committee, and where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Ms. Huddles is survived by her son, Michael P. Huddles of New York City; and several nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com