Jean McComas Brandt, a community volunteer and former teacher, died of cardiac failure Jan. 7 at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville where she lived for 18 years. The former Ellicott City resident was 93.
Born and raised in Halethorpe, she was the daughter of James Price McComas, a trucking company owner, and Margery McGuigan McComas, a homemaker. The family also had a summer home in Pinehurst on the Chesapeake Bay.
She was a 1943 graduate of Catonsville High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Maryland, College Park. She taught briefly at a Catonsville private school and in the Baltimore City school system.
In 1948 she married T. Marshall Brandt, a Baltimore-born fellow University of Maryland student. They met at College Park.
In 1957 she and her husband moved from the Gaywood neighborhood in Rodgers Forge to Tyson Road in Ellicott City, where they lived for 40 years.
She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, where she was a volunteer at its annual antique show. She was also a volunteer at St. Agnes Hospital and ran a patient services cart.
She and her husband were active golfers and founding members of Turf Valley Country Club. They toured with friends who called themselves the Fredericksburg Annual Return Tournament. They also enjoyed boating and spent time at an Ocean City summer home.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas M. Brandt Jr. of Millersville and Stephen R. Brandt of Catonsville; a daughter, Carol B. Staton of Efland, North Carolina; a sister, Mabel Louise Frowe of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband of nearly 58 years, an attorney and owner of Atlantic Coast Freight Lines, Inc., died in 2006.