DOVER - Holli Schilling, 68, died on Friday, October 22. While she left far too soon and too suddenly, she leaves behind a wonderful legacy.
She came from humble origins, having been born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. When she finished high school, she wanted a change of pace and left for New York City to pursue her dream of working in fashion. An education from the Fashion Institute of Technology was the beginning of a successful career in the fashion design industry.
While on a birthday adventure beyond city limits, she met Ted “Murph” Murphy and began a relationship she didn’t know would last nearly 40 years. They fell in love and soon enough she left the city to move in with Murph and raise their daughter. With Murph beside her, Holli built a life for their family in the valley and never left the area.
Holli brightened the lives of those who knew her. She was well loved by everyone who knew her. She will be remembered for her beautiful gardens and equally colorful attire. She is survived by her longtime partner Murph, and her daughter Cati.
A celebration of life will be held at the Dover Town Hall on Saturday, November 13, at 5 pm. The family welcomes those who knew her to join in remembering the joy she brought to everyone. Food will be provided but everyone is asked to bring their own drinks. Anyone who is unable to attend and still wishes to express their condolences can reach out to Cati Murphy on Facebook.
The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home, 44 East Main Street, Wilmington, VT.