July 20, 1930 — November 9, 2023
Nancy Jane Reilly Schultz died November 9th, surrounded by her family. Raised in Garden City, Long Island and New Orleans, she often spent summers at Ponte Vedra Beach, where she met teenage Fred Schultz on the dance floor. In 1951 Nancy graduated from Smith College and married Fred, always her favorite jitterbug partner.
In the ensuing decades, Nancy was a loving and devoted mother of four and grandmother of six, caretaker of her disabled brother, entrepreneur, and invaluable source of support to Fred’s careers in business and public service.
Fred Schultz served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve in Washington, always saying he could never have done it without his partner and greatest supporter, Nancy. Together they traveled the world, meeting global leaders and having many adventures. She had a knack for finding human connection and laughter beyond the pomp and circumstance, befriending Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ronald Reagan, and Michelle Obama.
A passionate supporter of the city of Jacksonville, Nancy was very involved in civic work, including serving as the first docent at the Cummer Gallery of Art and later head of their docent program, the Duval County Women’s Chair for the March of Dimes, and a founding member of the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Through the Schultz Foundation, she supported many local, national, and international causes.
In her 70’s, Nancy found a second career as an artist, receiving a BFA in fine arts from UNF, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi in 2000. She found great joy in making art and had a significant degree of success, counting 15 solo exhibitions and 13 group exhibitions. Her works in acrylic and in colored pencil hang in eight corporate collections and many more private collections.
Up until a few weeks before her death at 93, she often said that she still felt like a teenager, and the entire family agreed. She was always unaffected and full of joie de vivre, at heart a perpetual bobby-soxer, doing the jitterbug to Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood” and Benny Goodman’s “Jersey Bounce”.
Nancy is survived by three of her children (Catherine Schultz McFarland, Frederick Schultz Jr. and Clifford Schultz), six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Nancy’s husband Fred Schultz and youngest son, John Reilly Schultz, predeceased her.
Farewell, Mom. Farewell, Gammy. Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. In lieu of flowers, please send any gifts to Daniel, a wonderful children’s welfare organization in Jacksonville. www.danielkids.org