Former legislator Preston remembered at memorial service

Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM.

CAPE CARTERET — The late N.C. Sen. Jean Preston was remembered Saturday for her tireless work for Eastern North Carolina and her friendship to all she met.

“She never met a stranger and she always wanted to hear what everybody had to say. She did a lot for her constituents,” said Judy Hardison.

Hardison and Angie Propst, friends of Preston’s, traveled from Pamlico County for the memorial service held for Preston in Carteret County.

Several hundred gathered at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church to remember a family member, friend and public servant.

Preston, 77, of Emerald Isle, died Jan. 10. She retired in December after serving a cumulative 20 years in the General Assembly.

She initially served seven terms in the House of Representatives, representing Carteret, Jones and Onslow counties, and was elected in 2006 to the Senate seat serving Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties.

Propst recalled being asked by Preston to help with her first campaign for Senate.



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