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Lois Preston 1929-2021

WARREN — Lois M. Preston, 92, passed Thursday, May 6, 2021, at her residence in Howland, after a lengthy, quiet and courageous struggle with multiple sclerosis, diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Lois was born March 6, 1929, in Worthington, Pa., the daughter of Alvin Floy and Mary Peat Hellam. She was a 1947 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, following her family’s move to Niles at the beginning of her sophomore year.

Lois worked at the old A&P store in Niles and also modeled in the Youngstown-Warren area.

Following her marriage to her first husband, Robert L. Holloway, a naval officer at the time, she moved to Coronado, Calif., where her first of three children was born.

She was predeceased by her second husband, Wesley R. Preston, in 2004, as well as stepson, W. Ronald Preston, and grandson, Justin L. Bottiglieri. Lois was also predeceased by three brothers George, Robert and Larry Hellam.

Lois is survived by sisters, Alma Shahaden of Niles and Virginia “Ginny” Loveless (Robert) of Buhl, Idaho; sisters-in-law, Joan Hellam of McDonald and Alice Preston of Niles; and brother-in-law, Robert Preston of Clearwater, Fla. She will be greatly missed by daughters, Barbara J. (Preston) Kubes of El Mirage, Ariz., Stephanie L. Bottiglieri (Joseph) of Howland and Lori J. Manroe of Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.; and son, Jeffrey L. Holloway (Debra) of Keswick, Va.

Not only was Lois a very proud and most loving mother to her children, but to her eight grandchildren and their families and 11 great-grandchildren, all who meant so very much to her, as did her many nieces and nephews.

Lois was a very committed and supportive mother, grandmother, sister and wife. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Niles, where she also sang in the choir, as well as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She touched and had such a lasting impact on so many lives.

The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation and love to her long-term care providers, Mary Ellen Fusselman and Midge Eagle, as well as her neighbor, Liz Stevens, whose dedication and loving care undoubtedly had a positive impact on her health and life.

The family would like to also recognize the wonderful care she received at the Trumbull Regional Medical Center, as well as the support of the Howland Fire Department, Emergency Rescue Team, and care provided by the Traditions Health Hospice staff in her final days.

Memorial contributions can be made to Howland Fire and Rescue Department, Traditions Health Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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