Woodside: F. Tracy Schilling, 92

Memorial services are pending for F. Tracy Schilling, a Woodside resident and "a gentle force for good with great generosity of spirit, unfailing kindness, and an eternally gracious presence," as relatives put it in describing her to the Almanac. Ms. Schilling, 92, died on Nov. 26 at The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley.

Ms. Schilling was a native of New York City and went to school on Long Island before moving to Paris with her family. She returned to New York and graduated from The Spence School, a K-12 school for girls, and attended Barnard College before marrying August H. Schilling in February of 1941.

The family moved in 1946 to Atherton and in 1954 to Woodside, where they would live and raise a family.

Ms. Schiller was an active community volunteer. She joined the PTA and later the Woodside Elementary School board. She volunteered "extensively" with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now known as Learning Ally) and was a docent at the Filoli estate.

As a member of the Woodside Atherton Garden Club, Ms. Schilling specialized in horticulture and flower arranging and helped establish the garden at the Woodside public library. For her horticultural efforts, she developed a national reputation and received an achievement award from the Garden Club of America in 1988.

Ms. Schilling is survived by her brother Robert M. Pennoyer of New York; sister Jessie P. Snyder of Burlington, Vermont; daughters Tracy, Jessie and Sandra; and 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her sons Tony Schilling and Raly Schilling.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts in Ms. Schilling's memory be made to either the Morgan Library and Museum (also known as The Pierpont Morgan Library) at 225 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016; or the Tomorrow Fund at The Sequoias in Portola Valley. Send checks payable to Senior Services of Northern California to 1525 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94109; in the memo line, write "Tomorrow Fund Portola Valley."


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