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Caroline A. Penney

January 1, 1976

1976 – New York City

As a young woman, Caroline Autenrieth Penney left her home in Phoenix, Arizona for Paris to pursue studies at the Sorbonne and to receive private instruction in voice. She was married to James Cash Penney in Paris and returned with her husband to live in White Plains, New York, later relocating to New York City. Caroline Penney was a member of the advisory board of the National 4-H Council. She devoted her efforts untiringly on behalf of plans for the J.C. Penney Hall at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C. which was dedicated in honor of her late husband. Mrs. Penney participated in activities of the Penney Retirement Community, Penney Farms, Florida, which her husband founded in 1926 and also served on the Women’s Committee of the YMCA. She was a member of the Advisory Council of American Mothers’ Committee, an honorary member of the board of directors of the YWCA of New York, served on the board of overseers of the Parsons School of Design, New York, was a patron of the Metropolitan Opera Association, a member of the American Project, U.S. Department of State, a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a member of the J.C. Penney Company retirees’ organization. Mrs. Penney’s daughters are Mary Frances Penney Wagley and Carol Penney Guyer. (Deceased 1992)