Grace Maynard, a retired Howard County antiques dealer, died Saturday from complications of a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia. She was 91.
She was born in Baltimore and raised in Windsor Hills. Her father, William Hard Maynard, who had been a Baltimore deputy state's attorney, had rewritten Maryland's penal code. Her mother, Helen Vail Maynard, was a homemaker.
After graduating in 1939 from Forest Park High School and Eaton and Burnett Business College, she went to work for the Army at Fort Meade, and later held jobs at The Baltimore Sun and the Social Security Administration, when it was downtown in the Candler Building before it relocated in 1960 to Woodlawn.
In 1941, she married John Covington Jett, who died in England in 1943 while serving in World War II. During the war, she volunteered for the Red Cross and the Civil Defense Committee at City Hall. She was also a member of the Gold Star Wives of America and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She was married in 1948 to Walter Robert Schlining, and the couple settled on a small farm in Glenelg, where they lived for two years until moving to Catonsville. After the couple divorced in the mid-1970s, Ms. Maynard resumed using her maiden name.
Beginning in 1961 and for the next 50 years, Ms. Maynard was an antiques dealer, often traveling to England to buy items that she sold at Grace Maynard Antiques at the Antiques Center at Historic Savage Mill, and at shows in Baltimore and Washington.
She was also an appraiser and a member of the International Society of Appraisers and the Baltimore Glass Club.
Ms. Maynard, who later lived in Laurel, was a world traveler and enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City. Since 2010, she had been a resident of Heartlands Senior Living in Ellicott City.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, 1630 Edmondson Ave.
Ms. Maynard is survived by a son, William M. Schlining of Salisbury; two daughters, Victoria V. Schlining of Ellicott City and Barbara A. Witt of Venice, Fla.; a sister, Julia St. Jean of Lewes, Del.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun