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McGraw Rural Cemetery
Sunday September 23rd, 2012
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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K.L. Sharp Funeral Home
Monday September 24th, 2012

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Dorothy M. Preston

Dorothy M. (Loomis) Preston, 81, of McGraw, NY, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the Cortland Regional Medical Center, while surrounded by her family and was reunited with the love of her life and husband of 58 years, Howard Preston.

Dorothy was born in Cortland, NY on August 29, 1931, a daughter of the late Nellie and Ray Loomis.  She was a member of the Pitcher Federated Church.  A beloved mother of eight, Dorothy always made much with little, making sure that her children never went without.  For many years, Dorothy was employed as a health care aide and hospice caregiver.  She will always be known for taking care of others, regardless of her own needs.  Over the decades, her house was the second home to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her faithful companions that always had a special place at the bottom of her bed; all of whom will miss her terribly.

She is survived by her children, Richard (Kelly) Preston of Homer, Michael (Marilyn) Preston of Dryden, Susan (Gary) Vleck of Cortland, Gary (Carole) Preston of McGraw, Deborah (Gordon) Valentine of Cortland, Larry (Barbara) Preston of Groton, Terry (Jacqueline) Preston of Solon, and Bradley (Tracy) Preston of McGraw.  She also leaves behind her 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Loomis of Union Valley.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Howard Preston, on July 3, 2009; a sister, Fern Holl, and a brother, Floyd “Fink” Loomis.

Funeral services will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY on Monday, September 24, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Suzanne Block officiating.  Burial will be in Taylor Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Dorothy may be directed to Caring Community Hospice of Cortland, 11 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045.

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To the Preston Family,
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I worked with her at Home Care and remember her so as a caring,loving supportive person. She loved her husband and her family and all she did caring for other people. May your many fond memories remain in your hearts and keep your families close together. Sincerly, Linda Rosato

Linda Rosato Sep 30 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.  I never met your mother but she sounds like a wonderful woman.  Know that she lives on in all of you, your memories of her and in the gifts she gave you.  You'll see her in your children and grandchildren.  She will always be with you.
My thoughts are with you all,
Lora (Brown) Pierce

Lora (Brown) Pierce Sep 24 2012 12:00 AM

To THE Preston Family- I'm Sorry to hear about your Loss. My Thoughts and Prayers are with You ALL At this Time.

Farra ( Freeman) Tillotson Sep 23 2012 12:00 AM

Terry & Jackie and family we are very sorry for your loss and want to send our condolences to you and your family. Your mom was a very wonderful, caring and compassionate person and I could tell she was surrounded with so much love and finally at peace and with Howard. Please know Joyce & I are sending our love to you all and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

David & Joyce Nadge Sep 23 2012 12:00 AM

Oh God take care of this wonderful woman.  I loved her so much.  She was such a good friend.

mira Sep 23 2012 12:00 AM

To the whole Preston family

Your mother was a very special person, she will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, to get though
this sorrowful time.

Char Neal Sep 23 2012 12:00 AM

The Cruikshank family is thinking of you at this time. We send our love and prayers.

Cruikshank Family Sep 23 2012 12:00 AM

to all the Preston family,
                                     your Mom,Aunt,sister, grandmother and great grandmother was the best home health aide I ever worked with in my 29years working with Home Care of Cortland County. She was able to relate to all patients with loving kindness. She was such an authentic person we all were drawn to her for  guidance in our own lives due to her own life experiences. She can never be replaced. She now is in paradise. I am sure those pearly gates were wide open  when she arrived
                           thoughts and prayers
                                                           Holly D''Andrea

Holly D''''andrea Sep 22 2012 12:00 AM

Sue and family- we are thinking of you during this difficult time.  All our love, the Farmer Family

Heather Farmer Sep 21 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.  She was a beautiful lady.

Sheryl and Kalvin Small Sep 21 2012 12:00 AM

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