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Frances W.  (Nakis) Preston

Frances W.  (Nakis) Preston, 85, of Western Avenue,  Essex and wife of forty-five years to the late Albert A. Preston, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in her home following her long illness.

Born in  Buffalo, NY  November 25, 1929, daughter of the late Constantine and Gladys (Staton) Nakis, she was raised in Beverly where she attended public schools. Married in 1948 the Prestons soon made their home and started their family in Essex. Frances  was very active in Essex Congregational Church, West Gloucester  Congregational  Church and in recent years the Cornerstone Church in Beverly. She taught Sunday School, Bible Studies and assisted in the management of her churches.

Frances always  showed a willingness to be a caretaker to many people by demonstrating her  enduring faith and patience.  She  also had a special connection and influence of the young people of her community church and family guiding them in their personal growth and faith.

She participated in conservation efforts as a member of Trout Unlimited and contributed many of her hours to itsí success.  She was an active and respected citizen of Essex for sixty-four years and  will be remembered as a consummate wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many.

Frances is survived by a son, James  Preston  and his wife Ellena of Rowley, two daughters, Diane  Bragdon and her husband George of Rowley, and Joy  Ross and her husband Mark of Essex, six grandchildren, Michael  Ross of Topsfield , Paul  Ross of Essex, Rachel  Boynton of Byfield, Sarah  Merserve of Danvers, David  Preston of Kittery, ME, and Hannah  Dawlendzio of York, ME, eleven great grandchildren, Bethany  Ross, Jared  Ross, Casey  Ross, Jack  Ross, Rowen Boynton, Elysia Boynton, Joshua Pawlendzio, Zachary Pawlendzio, Lily Preston, Abigail Preston and Angelica LaRochelle, a sister, Grace Boscharino of AZ and sister-in-law Debra Nakis of Rowley.

Her funeral service will be held 1 pm Saturday, May 16 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich ,followed by interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 8 pm.

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