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Mary J. Preston

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Mary J. Preston

ROCK FALLS – Mary J. Preston, 65, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born Dec. 17, 1948, in Sterling, the daughter of Raymond and Jeannette (Young) Thompson. She worked at Frantz Manufacturing for 20 years, retiring in September 2004. She enjoyed fishing, computers, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Rick Preston, and two daughters, Becky (Brad) Schrader and Ruth (Scott) Cowley, all of Rock Falls; three sons, Shelby (Lori) Preston of Sterling and Jody (Connie) Preston and Mardy Preston, both of Rock Falls; two sisters, Ruth Ann (Jimmy) Cumby of Rock Falls and Jeanette Bohm  of Sterling; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her caregiver and friend, Lori Smith.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond;  her birth mother, Jeanette; her grandmother, Beulah Thompson, who raised her; one brother, Jimmy Eason; and three sisters, Sheryl Thompson, Sylvia Moothart, and Virginia Trobaugh.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will been established.

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