Obituary of Rosalie Preston
Rosalie Mattison Preston of Addison, N. Y., age 74, died on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Horseheads, N. Y., of cervical cancer, an illness she faced with elegance, strength, grace and courage.
She was born May 30, 1944, in Corning, N. Y., to Halard and Kathryn (Graham) Mattison. She graduated from Addison High School in 1964 and married Leland Preston September 10, 1971, in Elkland, Pa.
She was a nurse’s aide for more than 30 years, beginning her career at Absolut Care of Three Rivers in Painted Post and spending the last 25 years at Corning Center (formerly Founders Pavilion) in Corning. She also had worked as a telephone operator for Addison Home Telephone, as a secretary at Rounds Insurance in Addison, as a waitress at various restaurants, and as a monitor and cafeteria worker at Tuscarora Elementary School. For many years she held down three jobs at once to help support her family. After retirement she still provided nursing care without charge to many in need within the community.
She was a confirmed communicant of Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal Church in Addison where she served in various roles, including as president of the Episcopal Church Workers and as chairperson of the church’s card ministry. She was a trustee of the Addison Hill Cemetery Association, a member and former volunteer for the Middletown Historical Society of Steuben County, and a Senior Citizen of the Year for Steuben County in 2012.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Leland Preston in 1993, and by her brother Ronald Mattison.
Surviving are her children, the Rev. Troy (Kevin Hillman) Preston and Loretta Preston, both of Addison; brother-in-law, Roger (Cindy) Preston of Corning; granddaughter-in-law, DeDra Bates, and great grandchildren, Madison Grace Bates and William Robert Bates, of Englewood, Fla.; two nieces, Julie Preston of Breesport, N.Y., and Angela Preston of Elkland, Pa.; a nephew, Anthony Preston of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
She is also survived by three persons who she loved like her own children: Sherry (James) Jelliff, Michael (Christina) Losey, and Jennifer (Eugene) DeMonstoy, all of Addison.
Also surviving are several cousins, many devoted friends, and two dogs and three cats, all of whom she completely adored.
Rosalie enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, studying scripture, watching the Golden Girls on television, and spending time with family and friends. She was a loving and generous woman of great faith and tenacity – a role model and an inspiration to her children.
Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street, Addison, N.Y. 14801 on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 1:00pm-3:00pm and again from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Following calling hours family and friends will come together for a vigil and evening prayers led by The Very Rev. Lynne Sharp.
A funeral service will be held at Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal Church, One Wombaugh Square, Addison, N.Y. 14801 on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00pm with The Rev. Thomas Gramley, The Rev. Julie Cicora, The Rev. Troy Preston, and The Rt. Rev. Prince Singh, Episcopal Bishop of Rochester participating.
A committal service will be held at the Addison Hill Cemetery, County Road 85, Town of Tuscarora, Addison, N.Y. on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:00am.
Memorial donations in her honor may be made to Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal Church, Memorial Fund, One Wombaugh Square, Addison, N.Y. 14801 or the charity of your choice.
Kind words or fond memories of Rosalie can be offered to her family at www.CarpentersFuneralHome.com