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“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 &...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Stacey Peace - Gilbert, AZ

“My condolences to the family! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help take care of such a beautiful, loving and caring person! ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Hope Rangel - Battle Creek, MI

“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...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Terrie Mitchell - St George, UT

“I will miss seeing Ms. Prestons' wit and charm. She was a joy to treat in my clinic and at home visits. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Michael Sterrett - Battle Creek, MI

“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...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Debbie Ritter - Family Friend

“Herb, Marion and Family:Fern Isabel was a treasure and very special person whom I will truly miss. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Tom Blaising - South Haven, MI


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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.