Joan O. Preston passed peacefully at home on Friday, January 17th surrounded by family. She was a resident of Gray, ME for 43 years and a member at First Congregational Church of Gray where she remained active in the church, participating in missions and other community supporting projects until the end of her life.
Born the daughter of Edward and Eliza Orr in Freehold, NJ January 9 1932, Joan taught at Manalapan Schools for 25 years and had a strong spiritual life at Old Brick Reformed Church in Marlboro, New Jersey.
She had a true sense of adventure and lived by the saying “Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained”. She spent her time enjoying her porch, spending time in the lake, cooking and being with her family.
She is predeceased by her husband Howard Preston of 58 years. She is survived by children Peggy (Larry) Schiereck, Dan (Sherry) Preston, Janet (Forrest) Samples, grandchildren Dorian (Jaime) Hanna, Christina Preston, Will Stinson, Heather Preston, Amy (Zack) Sacco, Katelyn Samples, and Emily Samples, and great-grandchildren McKenzie Preston, Declan Hanna, Eliza Hanna, Sabastian Preston, Charlotte Sacco.
Services will be held at First Congregational Church of Gray at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 22, followed by a memorial service in Marlboro New Jersey at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Congregational Church of Gray, P.O. Box 155,Gray ME 04039.
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