Priscilla Quincy Weld died Jan. 14 at her home at her home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., after a short illness. She was 96.

She was born on Martha’s Vineyard on July 18, 1923.

She attended Milton Academy where she handily learned French, impressing her teacher who nicknamed her Preach. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and studied at Harvard University.

A Mayflower descendant, she was a member of the Colonial Dames of America, Chilton Club and Alden Kindred. A staunch Unitarian, she left the church when the Universalists took over.

Feisty and ahead of her time, Priscilla followed her heart and curiosity.

She reported for the New York Herald Tribune and Scientific American. After marrying Lee Loberg, an architect, she became a court reporter in San Francisco, Calif.

A dedicated wife and mother, Priscilla gave her children freedom to explore and appreciate San Francisco, exposing them to performing arts and museums, but always allowing them time to be children.

She loved ballroom dancing, writing, travel, snorkeling and weekly gin rummy with daughter Karen. She penned several books including her last, Albert: Story of a Lost Dog.

She met Lee Loberg at Chateau Bleu in San Francisco, often skipping her regular ride home to catch the bus with him. They married on Martha’s Vineyard, lived in New York city and then San Francisco.

Her second husband Lothrop (Bud) Weld she had known since the age of 12; 50 years later, both widowed, they married.

She was predeceased by both her husbands; and two sisters, Olivia P. Henry and Ruth Q. Peters.

She is survived by daughters Ingrid Ames Loberg of West Roxbury, Karen Quincy Loberg of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; stepsons Thomas L. Weld and John S. Weld, both of Great Wood Island, a niece and a nephew.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 25 in California.

Funeral services will be held at the Draper family plot in Milton in the spring.