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Mary Bell Grempler

Mary Bell Grempler

Mary Bell Grempler, a colorful real estate saleswoman whose pioneering firm grew to become the No. 1 independently owned real estate business in the state, died Monday of emphysema at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The Stevenson resident was 81.

"Mary Bell was very independent and highly spirited. She was a true character among women and men and quite a lady," said Helen Delich Bentley, former congresswoman and federal maritime commissioner.

"She was a person who never hesitated to let you know exactly what she thought," said Mrs. Bentley, a longtime friend. "She broke the glass ceiling for women early because she led the track for women...