Carolyn Louise Preston, 79, wife of Thomas L. Preston, Frankfort, and former owner of The Cynthiana Publishing Co., Inc., died Dec. 30 at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.
The Ashland native, daughter of the late A. J. and Lucille Points, attended Virginia Intermont College where she was a member of that school's synchronized swim team. In 1956 she gained a BS degree from the University of Kentucky in dietetics and nutrition, subsequently receiving an MA degree in that profession. In 1959 the Prestons moved to Harrison County after buying the organization's newspapers, office supply firm and separate printing operations. She was a director of that corporation.
She quickly became a civic and business leader. Following positions as clinical dietitian at Ashland's King's Daughters Hospital and The King County Medical Center, Seattle, Wash., she later entered private practice consulting on food science and special regimes involving difficult diagnostic cases.
Among local activities were Harrison County Jr. Women's Club president; Harrison Memorial Hospital Auxiliary president and chairman of that institution's candy stripers; sponsor of The Raven Sorority at HCHS; various leadership positions within the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church including the choir; and HC Heart Fund director.
In addition to practically all athletics, she was particularly interested in the formation and development of the new Harrison County football program. For seven years during each season she hosted weekly strategy sessions for the coaching staff -- meetings often lasting five or more hours.
Her husband helped Bill McKee initiate football at HCHS and served as an unpaid coach and scout during the heydays of Thoroughbred football in the 1960s.
Among work carried out elsewhere by Mrs. Preston, were: junior fine arts chairman for the KY Women's Club; Jewell Manor state committee; advisory committee, National Foundation of State Women; advisory roles to the KY Democratic Party; Central KY Regional Mental Health board; Chi Omega and the KY Philanthropic Educational Organization.
These and further accomplishments earned her recognition in Outstanding Young Women of America, as well as Personalities of the South. Until the last decade and a half when steadily increasing health confined most of her time to her home, she sang in different church choirs.
Survivors include: her husband, Thomas L. Preston; a son, Matthew Thomas Preston, his wife Ashley along with twin granddaughters Sarah and Emily and grandson Jacob, all of Ashburn, Va.; two brothers, Thomas Points, Hominy, Okla.; and Steven Points, Pinehurst, N.C.; and a sister, Mrs. Richard Paschen, Westerville, Ohio.
A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at Versailles Presbyterian Church with a reception following. Remembrances are suggested to Cynthiana Presbyterian Church.
Blackburn-Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.