Frances W. (Nakis)
Preston, 85, of Western Avenue, Essex and wife of forty-five
years to the late Albert A. Preston, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015
in her home following her long illness.
Buffalo, NY November 25, 1929, daughter of the late
Constantine and Gladys (Staton) Nakis, she was raised in Beverly
where she attended public schools. Married in 1948 the Prestons
soon made their home and started their family in Essex. Frances
was very active in Essex Congregational Church, West Gloucester
Congregational Church and in recent years the Cornerstone
Church in Beverly. She taught Sunday School, Bible Studies and
assisted in the management of her churches.
showed a willingness to be a caretaker to many people by
demonstrating her enduring faith and patience. She also had a
special connection and influence of the young people of her
community church and family guiding them in their personal
growth and faith.
in conservation efforts as a member of Trout Unlimited and
contributed many of her hours to itsí success. She was an
active and respected citizen of Essex for sixty-four years and
will be remembered as a consummate wife, mother, grandmother,
and friend to many.
survived by a son, James Preston and his wife Ellena of
Rowley, two daughters, Diane Bragdon and her husband George of
Rowley, and Joy Ross and her husband Mark of Essex, six
grandchildren, Michael Ross of Topsfield , Paul Ross of Essex,
Rachel Boynton of Byfield, Sarah Merserve of Danvers, David
Preston of Kittery, ME, and Hannah Dawlendzio of York, ME,
eleven great grandchildren, Bethany Ross, Jared Ross, Casey
Ross, Jack Ross, Rowen Boynton, Elysia Boynton, Joshua
Pawlendzio, Zachary Pawlendzio, Lily Preston, Abigail Preston
and Angelica LaRochelle, a sister, Grace Boscharino of AZ and
sister-in-law Debra Nakis of Rowley.
service will be held 1 pm Saturday, May 16 in the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich ,followed
by interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 4
to 8 pm.