Rymer, Grace Mead
Birth: Sunday, February 03, 1935
Death: Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the age of 83
Laid to Rest: in the Emmanuel U.M.C. Cemetery, Huntingtown, Maryland
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Grace Mead Rymer died on April 22, 2018. She was born Grace Ryder Mead, daughter of Robert S. and Grace M. Mead. Grace married Donald A. Garrett of Arlington, Virginia and had seven children. She worked at the North Beach post office and later as the secretary and treasurer at St. Anthony's Church where she served on the building committee for the new church dedicated in 1956. Grace then went to work for Calvert County Government beginning in the Civil defense office and ending her county career as Clerk to the County Commissioners.
In 1977, she married Judge Thomas A. Rymer and worked as a paralegal in his law firm and as a legislative assistant during his 17 years as a member of the House of Delegates. "Gracie" as she was known, was a community activist and contributed greatly to all the boards and commissions on which she served. She was a long time member of the League of Women Voters, serving as secretary and President; served on the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Board of Governors; Calvert Marine Museum Board of Directors; Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Board; CAASA Board of Directors; Asbury Solomons Foundation Board and then later serve two terms on the Asbury-Solomons Board of Directors; charter member of the Bayside History Museum Board of Directors with her daughter, Grace Mary. Gracie always loved Calvert County government and served on the Calvert County Bicentennial Commission, Legislative Task Force to Study Infrastructure Needs of Private Communities; Calvert County Board of Education Commission to Study Elected versus Appointed school boards; County Commissioners' Budget Advisory Board; and Governor Schaefer Citizens' Cabinet.
Gracie enjoyed reading, golf and bridge, but she especially enjoyed having more than forty children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends to every holiday dinner. Gracie was a good cook who liked trying new dishes. Gracie is survived by her children Grace Mary Brady, Donald Allan Garrett, Robert M. Garrett, J. Michael Garrett, Nell-Marie Chaney and William F. Garrett and two step-sons Gary R. Rymer and Ronald C. Rymer. She is survived by 15 grand-children: Heather Garrett, Justin Garrett, Nadine Garrett, Nicholas D. Garrett, John Garrett, Francis Hall Chaney III, Katharine (Chaney) Flanders, William Garrett, Wyatt Garrett, and Caroline Garrett. She is also survived by 5 step grand-children, Ashley Rymer, Zach Rymer, Matt Rymer, Elizabeth Rymer and Thomas Rymer III. She is survived by great grand-children: Noah Garrett, Aiden Garrett, Brianna Garrett, Charlotte Garrett, Juliette Garrett, William Hall Chaney (Liam), London Marie Chaney, Lucille Grace Chaney, Payton Helena Flanders, Bryson McKeen Flanders, and Brooks W. Flanders. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Arrington Rymer, Sr., her son, Thomas Joseph Garrett, her step-son, Thomas Arrington Rymer, Jr., her step grand-daughter, Jenny Rymer and her great grand-daughter Ella Grace Garrett. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home.