Lois Preston, 89

Lois J. Preston, 89, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she was admitted on Oct 19. She was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Whitley County, a daughter of William Thomas and Ione J. (Tucker) Perry.While she was in the second grade, her family moved to a farm in Dekalb County from the Coesse area.She graduated from Butler High School.On Aug. 31, 1940, she was united in marriage to Arthur Thomas Preston. They made their home in Fort Wayne until September, 1947, when they moved to their home in Columbia City.Mr. Preston died Sept. 12, 1993.She was employed at Magnavox for four years and Whitley Products for four years.In 1964 she began working in the Columbia Township Assessor office, then the Whitley County Assessor’s office and later the Whitley County Recorder’s office. In January, 1980, she began working as a realtor for Century 21, six years later transferring her license to Grable & Associates.Her memberships include Grace Lutheran Church since June 1948, Eagles #1906 Auxiliary, American Legion Post #98 Auxiliary and Indiana Realtors Association.Surviving relatives include two children, Larry L. Preston of Auburndale, Fla. and Nancy D. Wait of Columbia City; five grandchildren, John Preston, Dan Preston, Alyssa Wait Fajardo, Justin Wait and Megan Wait; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Phyllis Wood of Columbia City, Garnet Retter of Tri-Lakes and Evelyn Fahl of Warsaw.In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean Louise Perry and Junelle Luther.The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 204 North Main Street, Columbia City with visitation after 1 p.m.The burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. The visitation will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.Preferred memorials are to Grace Lutheran Church.Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.