Fern I. Preston

  • Born: June 24, 1908
  • Died: November 4, 2018
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Fern I. Preston, age 110, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, November 4, 2018. Fern was born in Lorain, Ohio on June 24, 1908 to Hugo and Fern Kikstadt. Fern was among the third graduating class from Lakeview High School in 1926. Fern married G. Herbert Preston who sadly preceded her in death in 1996.

Throughout her life Fern worked for Squire Music making violin strings; in Lakeview High School's cafeteria; and as a homemaker, raising her children. Fern loved reading, music, particularly opera, macramé, découpage, paint by numbers, and crocheting. She loved flowers and plants, but not watering them, she was a good seamstress, a sudoku fanatic, and loved traveling both domestically and abroad with her husband. Fern was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star.

Fern is survived by her two sons; Herbert (Marion) Preston and Don (Marsha) Preston; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, James (Pat) Preston; an infant son, Larry Preston; her husband; parents and two grandchildren.

Friends will be received Friday, November 9, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home and Cremation Care, where funeral services to celebrate Fern's life will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10th. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

It was a pleasure knowing and taking care of Miss Fern when I worked in Battle Creek. I enjoyed her very much, she was a joy! Prayers for her family. God bless.

Posted by Christine Langridge - Battle Creek, MI - Acquaintance   December 14, 2018

Dear Herb and Marion, so sorry to hear of Grandma Ferns passing. She was a very special lady and we are blessed to have known her. Love, Rich & Stacey Peace

Posted by Stacey Peace - Gilbert, AZ - Family Friend   November 11, 2018

My condolences to the family! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help take care of such a beautiful, loving and caring person!

Posted by Hope Rangel - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   November 10, 2018

Herb & Marion,

My sincere condolences to you. I will always have fond memories at the cottage on the lake when i was just a child. Great Aunt Isabel was a real GEM and will be truly missed.

Terrie (Donna Tanner's daughter)

Posted by Terrie Mitchell - St George, UT - Family   November 09, 2018

I will miss seeing Ms. Prestons' wit and charm. She was a joy to treat in my clinic and at home visits.

Posted by Michael Sterrett - Battle Creek, MI - Acquaintance   November 09, 2018

Herb,Marion and Preston family;we are so sorry for your loss. "Grandma Fern", as we came to know her was a very special lady. We count it a privilege to have been part of her extended "family" through our wonderful daughter-in-law, Katie. We have fond memories of G. Fern. May you find comfort in your many memories of her. Gone but not forgotten. Deepest condolences. Eldon and Debbie Ritter

Posted by Debbie Ritter - Family Friend   November 09, 2018

Herb, Marion and Family:

Fern Isabel was a treasure and very special person whom I will truly miss.

Posted by Tom Blaising - South Haven, MI - Friend   November 06, 2018