Terry Lorraine Griest, 57, real estate agent

July 22, 2005

Terry Lorraine Griest, a former Annapolis store owner and real estate agent, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at her Columbia home. She was 57.

Ms. Griest was born and raised in Cincinnati, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University in Athens in the late 1960s.

After traveling in Europe for several years, she moved to Florida and settled in Miami, where she lived aboard a boat and managed a marina with Evan Hacker, a friend.

After sailing to Annapolis, the couple sold their boat and opened Scottish & Irish Imports Ltd. on Main Street. The store, which specialized in goods including clothing and china produced in Scotland and Ireland, closed in 1985.

Ms. Griest was the author of Scottish Tartans and Family Names, published in 1986 by Harp & Lion Press.

"She and her partner were regularly invited to the Irish and British embassies, and the Irish government often flew them to trade shows in Ireland. She developed a worldwide network of friends," said Lois M. Epp, a longtime friend and real estate colleague.

Since 1985, Ms. Griest sold real estate and for years has been associated with Remax Advantage Realty in Columbia.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

She is survived by her partner, George Collis of Arnold.

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