Preston remembered during funeral service

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM.

SNOW HILL — One of Greene County’s favorite daughters was laid to rest Monday.

Jean Rouse Preston, a state legislator for 20 years, was buried at Fairview Cemetery in La Grange following a service at the chapel at Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Snow Hill. She died Jan. 10 from complications from a fall she suffered while on vacation in Waterbury, Conn.

Preston, from Emerald Isle, most recently represented Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties in the N.C. Senate. She had decided against seeking re-election in 2012 to spend more time with her family.

Before retiring and moving to Emerald Isle — starting a career in politics — Preston was an educator. She graduated from East Carolina University in 1957 with a degree in business education, and taught business classes in Wilson and Greene counties, as well as Lenoir Community College. She later returned to ECU to receive her Master’s degree in education in 1973.

Over the course of her career, she became Greene County director of reading for K-12 students and the program administrator for children with special needs.

“We knew that we could always have her ear,” said Patrick Miller, Greene County superintendent of schools. “She would always listen, and she was very responsive. We would always, certainly, have something to talk about — even if we didn’t agree on the issues we could talk about home. I would add that there were very few times we didn’t agree on the issues. She was a very generous person. She was always quick with a smile and made you feel right at home.”

Miller gave special thanks to the Rouse family foundation, of which Preston was a board member.



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