Pat A. Preston


Pat A. Preston, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend, is in Heaven. Pat was born to John and Elizabeth Taylor on August 3, 1934 in Kirkland, WA, and was the youngest of 15 children. Pat died on June 8, 2010, at home in Mill Creek, WA, surrounded by her family, one year and one week after her pancreatic cancer diagnosis.  Throughout Pat’s cancer journey, she was always peaceful, loving, filled with grace and was not afraid to die because she knew she would go to Heaven.  She inspired us all everyday.  Our family’s great comfort is knowing that Pat is experiencing eternal joy.

Pat’s favorite Bible verse was 1st Corinthians, Chapter 2, Verse 9, which reads: “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on us, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

As Pat grew up, she loved cooking, baking, dancing and music.   Pat took several kinds of dance lessons during her life including ballet, square dancing, tap, jazz, hula and ballroom. She also played several musical instruments including guitar, organ, violin, accordion and piano.  When Pat’s children were small, they loved it when their Mom would turn on the radio and pick them up, one by one, and swing them around and dance with each of them.  Consequently, all of Pat’s children love music, dancing and singing.

Pat had a loving, generous, creative, high energy and delightfully talkative personality.  She also had a tremendous amount of life wisdom and depth, and was very sensitive.  She loved variety and being on the go.  She loved music boxes, all Disney movies and musicals, travelling in their RV and seeing all of the beautiful nature scenes that God created.

Pat was a meticulous, talented homemaker and also offered great support for her husband, Jerry, and his 40 year career at The Boeing Company. Pat’s greatest joy and her mission in life was raising her large family. Pat always wanted 12 children, but instead had 6 children (5 daughters and one son) in 7 years and all before she was 28 years old.  Pat and Jerry were extremely busy during their early married years, to say the least.  After all 6 of Pat’s children were married, she was thrilled because she finally had her 12 children.  She loves her daughter and sons-in-law as her own.

Pat leaves behind her husband, Jerry Preston of 56 years in Mill Creek, WA and her 12 children: Michelle & (Roger) Boler of Slidell, Louisiana; (John Patella) and Teresa Preston-Patella of Snohomish, WA; Becky and (Bob) Wallace of Windsor, CA; Tammy and (David) Huss of Redmond, WA; Jerry and (Caroline) Preston of Redmond, WA; and Pam and (Greg) Fisher of Kirkland, WA.  Pat also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 4 of their spouses and 1
great-grandchild.

Our Dearest Pat, Mom and Grandma, We love you so much and you will live on in our hearts forever.  We will see you again someday in Heaven.

10 Responses to “Pat A. Preston”

  • Jill Bolduc says:

    Tammy this such a warm and caring service. Your mom would have been so proud of all of you. Tammy,you have such a loving family, and that will help you so much.

    Love,

    Jill

  • Cousin Julie Tozi says:

    Uncle Jerry, Michelle, Teresa, Becky, Jerry Michael, Tammy & Pam – My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your mom was so special to so many people and she made EVERYONE feel like they were the most important. God needed an Angel and chose Aunt Patty. Love you All! Cousin Julie and Family

  • Marla Mancil says:

    May God give you comfort in you wonderful memories of your wife, mother, and grandmother. You were blessed by him with her life here on Earth.
    Love,
    Marla Ehrhardt Mancil

  • Jeff and Diane Stites says:

    Wow! We didn’t know your mom but obviously she lived her life to the fullest! Is there anything she didn’t or couldn’t do?! What an incredible model of love she represented to her family and an inspiration regarding her faith.

    May God bring you all comfort and His peace as you mourn her loss.

    Love,
    Jeff and Diane Stites

  • Lynnette Preston says:

    I have been blessed to have the honor of being Auntie Patty’s neice.
    I grew up with “The other Preston’s” being a part of my life.
    I will always remember looking up to my Auntie with admiration. She was always dressed just so. She was refined and gacious. My Uncle Jerry and Auntie Patty have always been ones I looked forward to seeing. They have always been like two peas in a pod/Pea’s and Carrots.
    Where ever you saw one ,the other was not far behind I will miss her smile, her Hugs, and her distinctive voice.
    I love you all and have you all in my prayers and thoughts.
    God Bless you all.
    Cousin Lynnette Preston

  • Mike & Shelley Stalwick says:

    We are so blessed to have known Pat and the entire Preston family. You all mean the world to us. The strength and love for each other that you have are because of Pat and Jerry’s wonderful example. We have learned as well from all of you. Thank you for inviting us into your lives.
    Hugs,
    Mike & Shelley

  • Mike & Shelley Stalwick says:

    We are so blessed to have known Pat and the entire Preston Family. Your love and strength for each other is so strong because of Pat and Jerry’s wonderful example for life. We have learned from it too. Thank you for inviting us into your family. We love you all. Hugs,
    Mike & Shelley

  • pat cook says:

    I loved Pat– named after her– wore her wedding dress–she was and her (lovely family a big part of my life)

    memory of her first born (the beautiful corner she made for her baby in there flat iron apartment)-then a bigger apartment for the babies to come and the table she had set up that held all of her babies safely to eat and play– how she loved you all- and when she carried you she radiated much love for you.

    Loved when you all came over to honor my mother with all your love for her birthday when we lived in Tracyton and came over to my farm that was for grandma she asked me to keep the family together–

    I hope to keep better contact now with you all if you let me– I had to heal for awhile Love all of you
    Pat Cook

  • mary lou velarde says:

    to my loving sister pat
    I luv and miss you very much
    I feel your love around me and you are my best friend I pray for you daily and talk to you -I feel your love around me
    miss you always
    sis Lou

    I pray for your family that you dearly loved
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL AUNTIE MARY

  • mary lou velarde says:

    I was named after my aunt pat
    I remember her dancing (as a pretty youg girl) and letting me try on her costumes and pretending I was her–she babysat for me(we laughed a lot)-then Jerry was (luvly talked about) the man of her dreams- she was to marry -I got to be a flower girl—-went to her high school (Holy Angels) — and saw her lovely face on the wall every day–the flat Iron apt– she and jerry had made a lovely place for there new baby–the babies that followed she got the cutest table set that held them all safely to play and eat while she busied around the kitchen–I wore her wedding dress–she was my hero LUV YOU Pat
    Patty Marie Cook (saints name ANN)
    I luv you my cousins you were the cutest babies and beautiful girls and the handsome baby Jerry and the time you all blessed my home celebrating moms birthday and reuniting the sisters– after mom came home from the south– and the family reunion at my farm what– grandma wanted me to do for her- and I wanted my family all together the memories so blessed to me luv to you all Pat

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