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PATRICIA ANNE PRESTON


1939 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
PATRICIA ANNE PRESTON Obituary
Patricia Anne Preston

Our beloved Wife and Mother, Patricia Anne Posey, was born, March 2,1939 in Wadsworth, Ohio to Margaret and Kline Hershel Posey. Margaret later married Jack Daugherty, whom Mom adored and adopted as her own dad. Mom's inseparable and favorite sister; her best friend, has always been Donna "Me Too" Posey Karam. As a little girl, Mom and Aunt Donna loved to play their own made up game, Razz-Ma-Tazz- Ma-Tio. She also loved to take the bus to downtown Akron for dance classes and to watch Shirley Temple at the movies.

Pat graduated from St. Mary High School in 1957. She first went to work at the Rohner Paper Factory then Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company where she met her husband of more than fifty years, Paul Preston. Patty was Paul's best friend. She asked him to have coffee one day after bumping into him in the parking lot. They married October 1, 1966, then relocated to Danville, Virginia where their children, Vanessa, Eric, and Stephanie were born.

Pat's adventurous spirit kept her with bags packed and ready to go on many fun trips around the world. The Preston family moved from Danville, Va. to New Delhi, India for four years in the mid 1970s. There, she experienced Diwali, snake charmers, wandering sacred cows, the Taj Mahal, and saw Indira Gandhi speak. She traveled with Paul to Singapore, Thailand and throughout other regions of India. Mom learned to love shopping at the market and creating her own original batik artwork. She traveled with three young children to a host of countries including Japan, Luxembourg, France, Germany, and Italy. Though Pat reported that the kids were too naughty to go up the Eiffel Tower (an incident for which they apologize, despite not remembering), they managed to behave during a visit to the Sistine Chapel. The time spent overseas helped her instill in her children a global sense of appreciation for others, something they still strongly value to this day.

Valuing the importance of family traditions, the yearly Holden Beach, North Carolina trip was her most favorite of all. Pat loved to enjoy the beach with the Preston and Karam clans who grew from 11 to more than 30 family members. Never without her camera, she documented frame by frame, these fabulous memories. It was usually a long process to get every shot just right, but everyone was grateful (after it was over ... "this is fun") to have the moments captured on film for a lifetime.

Pat's travels also took her fishing in Canada, gambling in Las Vegas and Niagara Falls and the Rocksino, to Broadway shows in NYC, American Girl Doll shopping in Chicago, golfing and white water rafting in Seven Springs, to Orlando to watch daughter, Stephanie run marathons, to see the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, to the Field of Dreams in Iowa, and to tour Ireland with Vanessa's family. She proudly trekked up the Blarney Castle stairs at age 72 to kiss the Blarney Stone, though she already had the gift of gab. As a proud member of the Ya Yas, Pat shared many laughs, and noted some things do need to stay within the Ya Ya circle. Pat's friendly personality was also a perfect fit for assisting customers in her many years at Hough Bakery in Summit Mall and as a teller at First Merit Bank in Copley.

It was a rare for Mom to miss a sporting event, dance recital, concert, play, musical, birthday party, or special occasion party for her grandchildren, Megan, Preston, Haley, Samantha, Jack, or Andrew. She was always up for an adventure with daughter-in-law, Cindy, whether an all-day shopping excursion, the Barberton Mum Festival, or road trip to see the Christmas lights at Olgebay. These adventures always included at least one meal at the "I Don't Care" restaurant. Pat never turned down an offer to go to garage sales, play bingo or cards, do puzzles, have Cousins Day adventures, hang out with the GoodYear Girls, or even get lost in a casino. She treasured, and had a very special bond with her nieces, Midge, Shelly, Monica, and Missy. She enjoyed spending time with each one of them and appreciated that they were always ready to chase her umbrella down the beach on windy days.

Pat died on September 5th, 2018 after a long and valiant battle against cancer. Her strong faith helped her to keep a relentlessly positive attitude that inspired those around her. Not allowing cancer to define her, or dull her sparkle, she provided comfort and laughter to fellow patients during chemotherapy treatment, including a close friend and neighbor of more than forty years.

The Preston Children would like to thank Paul Preston, her sister, Donna, cousin, Sandy, her dear friend, Ruth, Pat's amazing Eagle's Chase friends and neighbors, the Ya Yas, the GoodYear Girls, The Seidman Cancer Center, The Hospice of Western Reserve, Comfort Keepers, and St. Hilary Church for the generous and caring support she received.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Margaret Daugherty. She is survived by her husband, Paul Preston; daughter, Vanessa Marks (Steve); favorite son, Eric Preston (Cindy); daughter, Stephanie Preston-Hughes (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Megan, Preston, Haley and Jack Marks, Samantha and Andrew Preston; sister, Donna Posey Karam (Mike); nieces, Midge Wiles, Michelle Der, Monica Davis, and Melissa Kaza; special step-daughter, Cynthia Cooper (Glenn); step-son, Tom Preston; cousins, Sandy Taormina and Linda Patteson; and in-laws, Ruth (Charles) Dennison, and Allen (Pat) Preston.

What you give to the world is what it keeps of you. Our Wife, Mom, Sister, Cousin, Friend, and Neighbor, Pat, gave us a great sense of humor, bravery, inspiration and the ability to find the positive in almost any situation. She wore rose colored glasses, taught us to travel, to make memories and to value family all while brightening the world with her contagious smile. You were, and will always be, our warrior. When we see a cardinal outside, we will know it's you coming to say hello.

The family will receive family and friends Sunday, September 9th from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Rd. in Fairlawn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 10th at St. Hilary Catholic Church, 2750 West Market Street, Fairlawn, Ohio 44333.

Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if donations were made in Pat's memory to Stand Up To Cancer or the .
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, 2018
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