Louise Elizabeth Dell, 76, who held a variety of positions with federal agencies and was a longtime official of Maryland fire department auxiliaries, died June 6 of cancer at her home in Savage.

Mrs. Dell, whose maiden name was Reed, was born in Baltimore, grew up in Burtonsville and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1947.

She began her government service in 1947 as a clerk-typist with the CIA. In 1951, she became a secretary at the Bureau of Public Roads, later renamed the Federal Highway Administration. She held a number of positions with the President's Committee for Public Safety and with the National Driver Register.

In 1957, she left the agency to raise her children, returning to FHA in 1961. At her retirement in 1986, she was an administrative officer with the agency's office of public affairs.

In 1964, Mrs. Dell joined the ladies' auxiliary of the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department, where her husband was a firefighter. She held 10 of the 13 volunteer offices in the auxiliary, including president for 16 years, and chaired the legislative committee for several years.

Mrs. Dell was president of the auxiliary of the Maryland State Firemen's Association and was assistant secretary of the association for two years. She also served as office manager of the association's legislative office in Annapolis. She held several offices, including president, of the auxiliary of the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.

In addition, she was president of the auxiliary of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association for 12 years. She also held offices with the auxiliaries of the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department; Lansdowne Volunteer Firemen's Association in Baltimore County, where she was named auxiliary president emeritus in February; Hyde Park Volunteer Fire Department in Baltimore County; the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association; and Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association, which includes five mid-Atlantic states.

Mrs. Dell was also active in the Maryland Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders, serving as its president for 12 years and executive director for four years.

She was a Burtonsville resident until she moved to Savage in the mid-1990s.

Her husband of 33 years, John Willard Dell, died in 1983.

Survivors include two children, Ruth Louise Dell of Radcliff, Ky., and Thomas Whitney Dell of Savage; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.