Preston remembered during funeral service

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

“The Rouse family has a foundation, and they were very generous with donating back to the Greene County community,” Miller said. “They were very instrumental and made large donations for the Greene County Parks and Recreation complex, for the new gym floor and for new bleachers in the gym at Greene Central High School.”

He added, “For that, we are more than grateful because there’s no way we could have funded those projects without their help.”

Before retiring, Preston served as the principal and director of education at the Barnes School at the Caswell Developmental Center.

But with retirement and the passing of husband Hugh Forbes Hardy, Preston moved to Carteret County, where she later married retired U.S. Army Col. John Edward Preston. She made her first run for the N.C. House of Representatives in 1992, serving seven terms before being elected to three terms in the N.C. Senate.

“She was helpful to me when I first got in the House,” said N.C. Sen. Louis Pate, who first won election to the House in 1994. “She had served a term or so when I first got there, and she was very friendly towards me and most helpful, helping get my bearings as to what I was supposed to do and how you went about having your influence felt, and that sort of thing. I was lucky enough to be able to follow her over to the Senate and served this most recent term with her.”

Pate said he admired her for her assistance to him and to his campaign, where Preston was “instrumental” to his efforts in Greene County in the 2010 Senate race.

In her six years in the Senate, Preston was the co-chair of the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education/Higher Education.

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