Obituary - Charline Preston


Charline Oots Harmon Preston
October 26, 1928 - September 16, 2002

Charline died September 16, 2002 in John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek, CA, at the age of 73. She was a resident of Walnut Creek for 40 years, having also lived in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Oregon, British Columbia & Missouri.

She was a native of Kansas City, MO, the only child of Guy L. & Ethelyn (Oots) Harmon. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, LeBron 'Lee' Preston, her daughter, Janis Newsome, and grandson, Todd Newsome, of Huntington Beach, CA, grandson, Scott Newsome, Tigard, OR, and her son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Barbara Preston, Las Vegas, NV.

Charline attended high school in Klamath Falls, OR. She was a graduate of the University of Oregon (1949), where she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She was Assistant Reference Librarian at the University of British Columbia in 1949-50, and taught Social Studies at Junior High Schools in Maryland and California. She did graduate work at the University of Maryland, San Jose State College, University of Santa Clara, Hayward State College, and others. She traveled extensively in Europe, and always loved to return to England. Charline belonged to many organizations and held offices in most of them. She was Past Regent of her Daughters of the American Revolution-Acalanes Chapter, Daughters of 1812, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Colonists, Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, Magna Charta Dames, American Association of University Women, California Retired Teachers, and the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church.

She did volunteer work at the Martinez veterans hospital for several years 1990-99, and volunteered at the Contra Costa County library's genealogy section. Charline most recently had been Vice President of her Wingfield Family Society, of which she was a founding member. She had looked forward to becoming its expected President in May 2003 at a special family reunion in London, England.

Visitation at 12 noon, services, 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, 2002 at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA. Following the services, burial will be at Oakmont Cemetery, Lafayette, CA. Memorial gifts may be made to any American patriotic organization.

Oak Park Hills Chapel  925-934-6500

Published in the Contra Costa Times on 9/19/2002. Page A 12.