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Joyce Lyons Terhes, longtime Maryland Republican Party leader, dies

Joyce Lyons Terhes, longtime Maryland Republican Party leader, dies

Joyce Lyons Terhes, a “trailblazer” who was the first Republican woman elected to the Calvert County Board of Commissioners and later dedicated herself to strengthening Maryland’s Republican Party, died Wednesday.

The Silver Spring resident was 78. A cause of death was not publicly available.

Mrs. Terhes was born in Dunkirk in Calvert County in 1940 to Mildred Ward Lyons and Arthur Gorman Lyons.

She attended Calvert County Public Schools and later received a bachelor's degree from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She married Warner Paul Terhes.

Mrs. Terhes taught government studies in middle and high school, a, according to her family’s...

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