Katherine E. Dean

Katherine “Kate” Elizabeth Dean, age 8, of Camden, NC, left this Earth on April 13, 2022. Born in Elizabeth City, NC on December 16, 2013 to Roy Anthony “Tony” Dean and Tracy Filarecki Dean, she was a student in the second grade at Grandy Primary School.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brothers, Patrick and Forbes Dean; maternal grandparents, Gary Filarecki and Sue Hayhurst; paternal grandparents, Shelly and Tommy Harris, and the late Roy Dean; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Kate was a spunky little girl with auburn hair and a smattering of freckles dusting her nose. She loved her brothers, and she lit up any room she entered. Kate was fearless, rose to any occasion, and was never afraid to be herself. A “beautiful, bright, sassy firecracker”, her personality was too big for her body. Everyone wanted to be Kate’s friend because her spirit was fiery and contagioius. With her infectious nature, she could put a smile on the saddest of faces. She was also adventurous, and during her time on Earth, Kate taught us all how to live life to its fullest. She was active in soccer and planned to play softball in the spring. Kate loved bright colors and wanted to be an artist when she was older, no doubt the rainbow within her needing an outlet. Kate loved, and was loved, ferociously. She will be missed with just as much intensity.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Whitehall Shores Community Beach in Camden with the Rev. Daniel Cenci and Father Chip Broadfoot officiating. The family requests that attendees please wear bright, spring colors. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kate’s memory to the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina, 102 Enterprise Drive, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is serving the Dean family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com. To plant a tree in memory of Kate or to send flowers to the family, please visit www.TwifordFH.com/send-flowers.