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PRESTON LYDIA ALDERSON PRESTON (Age 97) Lydia Alderson Preston, 97, died Sunday, January 13, at her home in Lewisburg, WV following a long illness. Mrs. Preston was born in Charleston, WV, the daughter of George Price Alderson and Lydia Comstock Alderson. She attended Gunston Hall College in Washington, D.C. and after graduation worked as a fashion model in New York City. She was married to the late Col. William Montgomery Preston, also of Lewisburg. After Col. Preston retired from the army in 1967, the couple lived for more than 20 years in Washington, D.C. where they pursued an eclectic range of mutual interests, from historic preservation to the decorative and performing arts. Mrs. Preston was a partner in the public relations firm LRPR, which focused on promoting non-profit and cultural organizations. She was a supporter of The Diplomatic Hospitality and Information Service, a member of the International Fashion Group, the Textile Museum Advisory Board, the Sulgrave Club and the Colonial Dames of America. She was a voracious reader and traveler, a generous hostess, avid sports fan, and a passionate lifelong lover of ballet, music and theatre. She was cherished by her family and many friends for her originality, boundless curiosity and irrepressible enthusiasm. Survivors include her daughters, Lydia Preston Hicks of Lewisburg and Elizabeth Montgomery Preston of Los Angeles CA; grandsons William Preston Hicks and Blair Montgomery Hicks of Alexandria, VA; nephews George Coleman Alderson of Walkertown, N.C. and Thomas Kearns of Marietta, GA., niece Laura Kearns of Decatur, GA; and four grandnieces and grandnephews. Services will be held 12:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, following private interment at Stuart Manor Cemetery. The family suggests donations be made to Hospice Care, 223 Maplewood Ave, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Arrangements are by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. WALLACE & WALLACE FUNERAL HOME IN LEWISBURG IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. PLEASE SEND ONLINE CONDOLENCES BY VISITING www.WallaceandWallaceFH.comwww.WallaceandWallaceFH.com
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 24, 2013