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November 14, 2012

Christine D. Preston, 83

Lawrence — Christine was born February 3, 1929 to Helen Allston. She grew up and was educated in Lawrence, MA and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1946. She married Raymond N. Preston on September 25, 1949, and from this union had four children. She worked several years at Rutters’ Laundry, Alice’s Candy Store and retired after 30 years at Malden Mills. She was a long time member of Third Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Married Women’s Club. In her younger years, she was a marble champion. She enjoyed playing Scrabble, card games, making puzzles and doing the daily cryptogram and jumble puzzles in the paper. For years, she enjoyed bowing with the Early Birds and the Early Girlies Leagues. Christine was known to speak her mind and tell it like it was. Her brush with death back in September was instrumental in reconnecting several families.

The Lord called her home on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Christine was preceded in death by her husband Raymond N. Preston Sr., and she leaves to cherish many precious memories, her brother Courtney Allston of Lawrence, her lifelong best friend Helen Rivers of Lawrence, her children Diane (Wesley) Mills of Lawrence, Judy P Fernandes of Haverhill and her ex-husband Sebastian Fernandes of Nixa, MO, Raymond Newton (Susan) Preston Jr. of Avon, IN and Doreen Preston (Harvey) Jones of El Cajon, CA., grandchildren John Jay Mills of Haverhill, Christopher Mills of Lawrence, Molly and Otis Fernandes of Haverhill, Casie (Adam) Clarke of Avon, IN, Duke-Raymond (Lisa) Preston, III of Little Elm, TX, Harlan and Hope Jones of El Cajon, CA and DoRal Sharpe of San Diego, CA, 15 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, several nieces and nephews and a host of cousins, who endearingly referred to her as “Aunt Chris” with special acknowledgement to Sandra Nutter, Patricia and Bill Scott, and Karen Parker and many, many friends and acquaintances.

ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be on Thursday November 15, 2012 from 4 to 8 pm at The Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. Funeral services will be on Friday November 16 at 11:00 am in Third Baptist Church, 22 Warren St., Lawrence, MA. burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. To send an online condolence, please vist, www.dewhirstfuneral.com or www.facebook.com/dewhirstfuneralhome.