My great aunt died a year ago on July 23. The Aegis had a letter and a nice article about her life. She was a lifelong resident of Bel Air and grew up in a house right on South Main Street with her three brothers and sister. Her name was Katherine Anderson but she went by DeDe.
She was very sickly in her childhood, which, as it often does, seemed to give her a great zeal for life. She knew to make the most of every day, a lesson most of us don’t learn until later in life. Smart, funny with an infectious laugh and a great mischievous streak. She taught me how to play poker and I spent many great days with her betting at the horse track.
She spent many years in Harford County public service in a time when there was probably not a lot of women in local politics (they should probably have a wing named after her in the government building). With our big family I’m not sure how she kept track of all of her nieces and nephews. She always made us feel loved and gave so many gifts to everyone over the years. The number of birthday parties, holidays, cookouts and crab feasts she attended is mind boggling.
I was lucky to know her, we all were. Most families have someone special like her. I was just writing to remind others to remember people like her. Those who have come before us and shaped our neighborhoods , communities and towns. DeDe wasn’t a famous athlete or celebrity but she had a profound effect on people around her in life and the town of Bel Air. I miss her a lot.