Andrea Williams Brown, a devoted mother, wife and long-time resident of Fairfield County, died on June 13. Though her life was cut short, she packed much into the years she was given, her family said.

Her passions included gardening, dancing, horses, canines, ducks, and most of all, her family and friends. Ms. Williams left her mark wherever she went and in whatever she did, whether as a circus horseback rider, skier, gardener, antique-collector, or animal raiser, her family said.

But the role that was most important to her was as mother of her beloved daughter Samantha, her family said. She remained as courageous when facing her last illness as she was in life, undaunted by obstacles or physical setbacks, her family said.

Born in Stamford on Sept. 30, 1955 to the late Andy and Dick Williams of Rowayton, Ms. Williams was always in or around the water, usually followed by her pet duck. She received a degree in graphic design, and was most recently employed by Hotel Silver where she loved working with her co-workers in the vintage silver industry. She was also an avid gardener. Whatever she touched, grew and blossomed. She combined her deep appreciation of beauty with a willingness to get her hands dirty. She was as hands-on about gardening, taking care of animals (especially her Palomino “Pops”) and her other pursuits as she was about life, her family said.

Her indomitable spirit, vivaciousness, and passionate embrace of the world around her are hallmarks of a life lived intensely, if not long enough. Her infectious laughter will long echo in memory.

She is survived by her husband David and daughter, Samantha of Easton, sister Lynn Williams of Branford, brother Treat Williams of Manchester Center, Vt., five nieces and nephews and in-laws Bruce and Mary Brown of Conway, Mass. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at a private residence, 227 Old Kings Highway South, Darien.

Memorial contributions may be made to MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad Street, Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620.