Lorna Lethbridge Priest, 84, an artist and antiques dealer, died after a heart attack July 5 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. She was a resident of Port Republic.
Mrs. Priest had a shop for nearly 20 years on Kensington's Antique Row, where she sold glass, furniture, jewelry and other collectibles. In a 1981 article in The Washington Post Magazine, she discussed sheet music, of which she had about 5,000 pieces, some dating to the Civil War.
"They always reflected sociological and historical changes," she said, adding that the attractiveness of the cover illustrations made many pieces frameable. She had more than a dozen categories of sheet music, and, she said, "we've got so many songs for the lovelorn."
She also had an antiques shop in Frederick for four years and St. Leonard and Owings for six years until 2001.
She was born in Woodhaven, N.Y., and attended both the University of Chicago and Queens College in New York City in 1945.
In 1948, she directed and acted in a number of plays in Upstate New York. About 1960, she and her husband moved to the Washington area and settled in Chevy Chase. Mrs. Priest attended American University in the late 1960s, and in the early 1970s she received a two-year degree in art from the Corcoran School of Art.
She exhibited at many shows in the area, showing mostly carved wood sculptures, watercolors and woodcuts. Her huge sculpture "Space Definition in Blue and Yellow" was exhibited on the Mall in August 1969. Built of plywood covered with fiberglass and layered with coats of polyester resin, the sprawling piece attracted children who liked to play on the structure.
"I'm delighted that they like it," Mrs. Priest said at the time. "Sculpture is for people to enjoy."
She was a member of the Willow Street Art Gallery in Takoma Park in the 1980s and had a studio in Georgetown.
From 1994 to 2000, she and her husband spent winters in Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Her husband of 59 years, Daniel B. Priest II, died in 2001.
Survivors include three children, Daniel Badger Priest of Alexandria, Christopher Rodney Priest of Ijamsville and Melissa Comingore Priest of Hyattsville; a brother; and six grandchildren.