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Grace Marie Ament, 103, followed Orioles and racing

Grace Marie Ament, a Baltimore-born homemaker who was still following the Orioles and horse racing at Pimlico from the Wesley Home in Mount Washington, died there of respiratory failure Jan. 10 at the age of 103.

Ament Mrs. Ament, who spent 15 years at Wesley Home, had her last big outing for her centennial birthday party at Haussner's restaurant, said one of her four granddaughters, Barbara Valis of Longwood, Fla.

The former Grace Marie Sheaffer was a middle child among six sisters and a brother, and completed the eighth grade, said her daughter, Peggy Boutchyard of Maitland, Fla. She worked for about five years as an office clerk at the Hooper cotton mill in Woodberry.

She was married in 1917 to Edward Ament, who became a national advertising manager at the old Baltimore News-Post. He died in 1966.

Mrs. Ament lived in Northwood from 1939 until 1973, when she moved to Winter Park, Fla. She returned to Baltimore when she moved to Wesley Home.

A longtime member of the Northwood-Appold Methodist Church, Mrs. Ament was an avid card player, as well as a baseball and horse-racing fan.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to her daughter and granddaughters, Mrs. Ament is survived by two sisters, 109-year-old Edith Becker of Towson, and Susan Shamer, in her late 90s, of Trout Run, Pa.; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Pub Date: 1/17/99

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