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Mary C. S. Archer, 77, antiques dealerMary...


Mary C. S. Archer, 77, antiques dealer

Mary Chilcoat Storey Archer, an antiques dealer for more than 50 years, died of liver cancer Thursday at her home in Westminster. She was 77.

According to her husband of 55 years, Joe F. Archer, Mrs. Archer was an inveterate collector. Soon after they moved from Baltimore to Westminster after World War II, they opened Archer's Antiques.

"We sold everything: jewelry, silver, china, glass, furniture," Mr. Archer said. "In those days, there weren't many antiques dealers. At the time, there were maybe three dealers -- now there's probably 3,000."

Eventually, they closed the shop to focus on doing antique shows -- at first 30 or more shows a year, but gradually reducing that number to about 10 last year, he said.

Born in Baltimore, the former Mary Chilcoat Storey was a graduate of Forest Park High School.

She was a member of the Westminster United Methodist Church and the Door to Virtue No. 94 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

A son, Bill Archer, died last year.

She also is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Charles Gilmore Grace Jr., 81, devoted Chevrolet worker

Charles Gilmore "Buck" Grace Jr., a body-and-fender man devoted to Chevrolets, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at the Annapolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 81 and had lived in the Annapolis area since 1954.

From 1940 to 1953, he was employed at the General Motors Corp.'s Fisher body plant in the city. He then worked for more than 20 years for Gladding Chevrolet in Glen Burnie, retiring in 1980.

"He got the tough jobs," including servicing the personal cars of the auto dealership's owner, said a son, Timothy Roy Grace of Annapolis. "And he never owned anything but a Chevrolet all his life."

The Baltimore native, who attended Southern High School, built his own home in Hillsmere Shores, one of the first in the development on Duvall Creek off the South River outside Annapolis.

Mr. Grace was married for 46 years to the former Alda Eva Miller, who died in 1982.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis.

He also is survived by another son, Charles Gilmore Grace III of Harwood; a sister, Alice Cuff of Baltimore; and his fiance, Velma Kime of Annapolis.

Pub Date: 2/10/97

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