obit: Ailsa Thomson Schiller
Ailsa Thomson Schiller, 92, passed away May 9, 2011.
She was born in San Antonio September 12, 1918, to Henry Briggs Thomson and Ailsa Leola Waggoner, and lived in San Antonio almost her entire life. She attended Brackenridge High School and graduated from Edison High School. She worked for the director of the advertising department at Joske's department store, and later at Fort Sam Houston and other military bases. On February 1, 1941, she married Milton Schiller. During WWII Ailsa accompanied her husband when he was transferred to various military bases throughout the South following his return from the European and African war fronts. Following the births of their three children, Ailsa was a homemaker who was an excellent cook, a talented seamstress, and an avid gardener.
She gave of her time as Cub Scout Den mother, Brownie Scout leader and many other ways as she raised her children. She was active in the Joy Circle at Jefferson United Methodist Church and helped care for several relatives, friends and neighbors. Following the death of her husband in 2008, Mrs. Schiller moved to the Meadows retirement community at Morningside Ministries.
She is survived by her three children, Diana Schiller of San Antonio, Thomas Schiller of Cottage Grove, Oregon, and Penny (Steve) Thorpe of Ashland, Oregon; grandchildren Joshua Thorpe of Zhengzhou, China, and Sarah Thorpe of Eugene, Oregon; and sister-in-law Dorothy (Arthur) Joseph of San Antonio.
Her husband, Milton Schiller, preceded her in death.
The family wishes to thank Mrs. Schiller's neighbors and caretakers at the Meadows of Morningside Ministries and at the Claire Bridge Unit, Homewood Residence at Castle Hills.
MAY 17, 2011
MISSION BURIAL PARK SOUTH
1700 S.E. MILITARY DRIVE
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Morningside Ministries, 700 Babcock Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201; or to Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson, San Antonio, TX 78201.
Published in San Antonio Express-News on May 15, 2011