I lost my "best friend" today as Nola Frances Bartlett Preston, 93, began her eternal journey on Sunday (Sept. 10, 2017).
She was born March 3, 1924, in Jackson, Tennessee, the eldest daughter of the late Marvin and Allene Hailey Bartlett.
Nola was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond J. Preston, in 2006.
She came to West Virginia at the age of 16. Nola graduated from Flemington High School with honors. She was retired from Westinghouse Corp. with 38 years of service, working in Photometry and Quality Department. She was the oldest of seven children and was raised Southern Baptist in Tennessee.
Nola had that real southern hospitality with that pleasant smile for everyone. Mother was a great cook and loved welcoming people to her home where they were greeted with the warmth of her friendliness and hospitality. She was a Christian and was loved and respected by those who knew her. She loved reading the Bible.
Mother was a colon cancer survivor. She raised a beautiful garden and flowers that she shared with many. Mother was always helping those in need. After retiring, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a caregiver for her husband, mother and mother-in-law until their deaths.
She was a past member of the Baptist Temple and Christian Missionary Alliance Church, where she taught Sunday school to children and adults. She was a member of the Mission Circle and Deaconess and attended the Oakwood Road Church of Christ when health permitted. She was a past member of the Hickman Run Homemakers Club.
Nola is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy (Binky) King of Monumental, where she made her home for nine and a half years due to poor health. She was known to her three grandchildren, Troy King of Morgantown, Brent (Swapna) King of Fairmont and Heather (Kenny) Morris of Monumental, as "MamMam."
She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Sydney and Shaila King and Caden Morris; a sister, June Efaw of Florida/Mannington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her son, Gary L. Preston, who passed in 1966; three brothers; and two sisters.
The family would like to thank the Morgantown Medical Group, Dr. Lobban, Dr. O'Keefe and their staff, as well as Dr. Patel of Fairmont. The family would also like to give thanks to Julie Ann Peters, Anna Haught and the nurses who treated my mother; Jeff, Josh, Kim, Cindy, Josh and Britheny, all of the nurses of Amedysis Hospice Care; and Peggy with the DHHR. God bless to all that took care of my mother at the Fairmont Rehabilitation Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the West Virginia Christian Youth Camp, 425 Youth Camp Drive, Pennsboro, WV 26415.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and noon until 1 p.m. Friday at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Evangelist Brent Gallagher officiating. There will be a private family interment.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on September 13, 2017