Grace M. Chace, secretary, teacher

March 1

Grace M. Chace, a secretary in Boston and Bethesda and a onetime business teacher at Hampton University, died Feb. 13 in the Chevy Chase, Md., home where she had lived since 1945. She was 106.

Her son William Chace said the cause of death was inanition, after she stopped eating and drinking.

Mrs. Chace moved to the Washington area in 1941 and was a legal secretary in Bethesda during her early years.

Grace Elizabeth Murdough was born in Boston, where she was a 1928 graduate of Simmons College. She was a legal secretary in Boston, then relocated to the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia, where she taught business courses at what is now Hampton University.

She was active in community organizations in Chevy Chase and played the piano.

Her husband of 39 years, William E. Chace, died in 1975. Survivors include three sons, William Chace of Palo Alto, Calif., Paul Chace of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Jonathan Chace of Chestertown, Md.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A son, David Chace, died in 1969.

— Bart Barnes

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