Grace Maynard, antiques dealer

December 21, 2012

Grace Maynard, 91, who worked for five decades as an antiques dealer and certified estate appraiser, died Dec. 15 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia.

She had complications from a stroke, her daughter Barbara A. Witt said. She was a former resident of Catonsville, Md.

Ms. Maynard traveled around the country and to England to buy antiques. She sold her wares at the Antique Center at the Historic Savage Mill in Savage and at antique shows in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Her professional associations included the International Society of Appraisers and the Baltimore Glass Club. She also belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Grace Maynard was born Baltimore, where she graduated in 1939 from Forest Park High School. She graduated from the Eaton Burnett business college in Baltimore and, beginning in the early 1960s, took courses and seminars on antiques and furniture restoration.

Her first husband, John C. Jett, died after two years of marriage while serving in the U.S. military in England during World War II. For the rest of the war, Ms. Maynard volunteered with organizations including the Red Cross. She was a member of the Gold Star Wives of America, an organization of widowed military spouses.

Her second marriage, to Walter R. Schlining, ended in divorce. Survivors include three children from her second marriage, Barbara A. Witt of Venice, Fla., William M. Schlining of Salisbury, Md., and Victoria V. Schlining of Ellicott City; a sister; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

— Emily Langer

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