Bessie Elaine Dean (1937 - 2014)

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  • "Remembering Elaine fondly and the uplifting cheerfulness..."
    - Andrea Pastor
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    - Tracy Melville
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    - Sue Bucklew
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  • "May aunt Elaine rest in peace!!!"
    - Pamela Sigmon
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Ms. Bessie Elaine Dean, formerly Yanovich, née Griffith, of Mt. Airy, MD passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 surrounded by family. She was born January 29, 1937 in Danville, VA and was a lifelong resident of the DC area. Elaine's boundless generosity, positivity and love touched the lives of many in the Mt. Airy Community and beyond. She will be fondly missed as the former Director, Board Member and Volunteer at Mt. Airy Net; as former treasurer, receptionist and committed church family member at Mt. Airy Baptist Church; a recent student mentor at the Mt. Airy Middle School; former tutor for the Carroll County Literacy Council; former volunteer at Springfield State Hospital and a former director of the Mt. Airy Sparklers. A graduate of Carroll Community College, Elaine enjoyed an enriching and varied career. It was a great honor for Elaine and her family when in 2010 she was recognized as a Community Volunteer by the Mt. Airy Historical Society for her many contributions to the town she loved. Widow of Kenneth J. Dean, formerly married to Gilbert Yanovich (deceased), she is survived by son Arnold Yanovich and wife Zelda, daughter Renée Wolfe and husband Chris, step-son Marc Dean; four grandchildren: Sasha & Esmée Yanovich and Kaia & Jasmine Wolfe; sisters Donna Schroyer, Alice Strader and Mary Jean Armstrong and aunt Arlene and Murray Netzer and many other family and friends. Preceded in death by sister Gayle Hands. Service will be held 11:00am Friday, January 2 at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, 1402 N Main St, Mt. Airy, MD 21771. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mt. Airy Net at 301-829-0472.

Published in Carroll County Times on Dec. 31, 2014
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