Marcella E. Grice, artist

She was a watercolorist and photographer and taught art and calligraphy classes

  • Marcella E. Grice
Marcella E. Grice (Baltimore Sun )
April 28, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Marcella E. Grice, an artist and calligrapher, died April 13 from complications of heart disease at Sinai Hospital. She was 87.

The daughter of an insurance executive and a homemaker, the former Marcella Editha Harman was born in Baltimore and raised in Charles Village.

Mrs. Grice, who was known as Editha, graduated in 1942 from Seton High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1946 from what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University. In the 1980s, she earned a master's degree in audio-visual communication from Towson University.

She taught school briefly in New Jersey before her 1948 marriage to John Francis Grice, who later became chairman of Henry Adams Engineering Inc., consulting engineers. He died in 1994.

Mrs. Grice had worked as a research and development specialist for the YMCA in Baltimore, and later planned, developed, implemented and taught community service programs at Dundalk Community College.

The longtime Ruxton resident, who was a watercolorist and photographer, taught art and calligraphy classes. She also frequently exhibited her artwork at local art shows.

"During the Clinton administration, she was a volunteer calligrapher at the White House where she lettered birthday greetings," said a son, John F. Grice Jr. of Lutherville.

Mrs. Grice volunteered with the League of Women Voters, Baltimore Urban League and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

She was a former communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

A private memorial gathering will be held at her Ruxton home Sunday, family members said.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Grice is survived by four other sons, Christopher C. Grice of Laurel, Matthew J. Grice of Hampstead, Liam M. Grice of Ravenna, Ohio, and Mark R. Grice of Korea; three daughters, Marcella L. Grice of Cumberland, Katherine A. Grice of Laurel and Teresa M. Grice-Christofferson of Lutherville; and 11 grandchildren.

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