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Mary Rae Preston

October 25, 1941October 11, 2020
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Mary Rae Yeley was born in Houston, Texas on October 25, 1941 to parents Lillian Gray and Edgar Leon Yeley. She was the middle child of three, which included her sister, Peggy Joyce and her brother, Edgar Leon Jr. She married Robert Preston on January 6, 1969 in Columbus, Georgia. They were married for 51 years until her death on October 11, 2020. She had two children: a daughter, Shanna Renee Preston - Martinez married to David Martinez, and a son, Jason Preston married to Katie Rae Preston. She had five grandchildren, Jacquelyn Renee Martinez, David Daniel Martinez, Micheal Daniel Martinez, Georgia Rae Preston, and Robert Ellis Preston. Mary Rae married Robert at the age of 27 years old. She was a devoted and affectionate wife. She believed in him and fully supported all of his successful business endeavors. They maintained a lifelong love for one another. Robert showed great strength and courage while caring for her during her illness up until her last breath. His simple words of, “I’m going to miss her” is a true testament of their everlasting bond and friendship. Mary Rae dearly loved having a daughter and son. She provided encouraging words to Shanna and Jason to complete college degrees. They both made her proud on the days they graduated from their choice of University. She was proud that her daughter and son had married wonderful people. She did not have to worry about her children being alone. They had found a precious gift in their “soulmates” just as she did with her husband. Mary Rae loved to shower all of her five grandchildren with hugs, kisses, gifts and sweets. One of her specialties was cooking and feeding her family. She enjoyed serving them food that she made with love. Everyone especially enjoyed her baked ham covered with brown sugar and Coca-Cola. A bite of ham would melt in your mouth! She loved her cat of twelve years named Snow. He would follow her around the house, they were two peas in a pod. She took great pleasure in feeding animals and wild deer. The deer would show up daily at sunset to be fed. You would look out and see ten to twelve deer standing and waiting for her to pour corn on the porch. She would even feed a few of them carrots by hand. It looked like a scene from the movie Snow White, and she really was a Disney Princess. Mary Rae was a wonderful daughter and sister. She took care of both of her parents as they became ill before they passed away. She always looked out for and cared for her sister, Peggy Joyce. They were very close, she would call her “sis”. The same name that her father called her many years ago. Mary Rae led by example how to care for and love your family. She always advocated that family came first. Love each other during the good times and even more so during the bad times. Never give up on your family. She always saw the good in people and expected good things to happen. She will be missed greatly.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Russell Scott

October 18, 2020

A wonderful life lived and shared. A lady of abundance , confidence, compassion, and capability. I knew her as someone whom always did the best as second nature. My deepest wishes of solace and transition during difficult circumstances. Bless the Preston family as they move forward. May their load lighten in the joy of her memories. She was a winner. Your loss is felt beyond natural borders. We all feel for and love you all.

Reid Wilson

October 18, 2020

Dear Robert, Jason and family,
We’re thinking of y’all during this time of Mary Rae’s passing. Our hearts go out to y’all. She will be missed.
Reid Family

Cynthia Preston Collins

October 15, 2020

Uncle Robert, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I remember you two getting married at Crystal Valley Baptist Church. We were so taken with Aunt Mary Rae... she was a beautiful soul ... she will be missed so much.

Sending much love,

Lyn and Cynthia
Collins

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Biography

Mary Rae Yeley was born in Houston, Texas on October 25, 1941 to parents Lillian Gray
and Edgar Leon Yeley. She was the middle child of three, which included her sister, Peggy
Joyce and her brother, Edgar Leon Jr. She married Robert Preston on January 6, 1969 in
Columbus, Georgia. They were married for 51 years until her death on October 11, 2020. She
had two children: a daughter, Shanna Renee Preston - Martinez married to David Martinez, and
a son, Jason Preston married to Katie Rae Preston. She had five grandchildren, Jacquelyn
Renee Martinez, David Daniel Martinez, Micheal Daniel Martinez, Georgia Rae Preston, and
Robert Ellis Preston.
Mary Rae married Robert at the age of 27 years old. She was a devoted and affectionate
wife. She believed in him and fully supported all of his successful business endeavors. They
maintained a lifelong love for one another. Robert showed great strength and courage while
caring for her during her illness up until her last breath. His simple words of, “I’m going to miss
her” is a true testament of their everlasting bond and friendship.
Mary Rae dearly loved having a daughter and son. She provided encouraging words to
Shanna and Jason to complete college degrees. They both made her proud on the days they
graduated from their choice of University. She was proud that her daughter and son had married
wonderful people. She did not have to worry about her children being alone. They had found a
precious gift in their “soulmates” just as she did with her husband.
Mary Rae loved to shower all of her five grandchildren with hugs, kisses, gifts and
sweets. One of her specialties was cooking and feeding her family. She enjoyed serving them
food that she made with love. Everyone especially enjoyed her baked ham covered with brown
sugar and Coca-Cola. A bite of ham would melt in your mouth!
She loved her cat of twelve years named Snow. He would follow her around the house,
they were two peas in a pod. She took great pleasure in feeding animals and wild deer. The
deer would show up daily at sunset to be fed. You would look out and see ten to twelve deer
standing and waiting for her to pour corn on the porch. She would even feed a few of them
carrots by hand. It looked like a scene from the movie Snow White, and she really was a Disney
Princess.
Mary Rae was a wonderful daughter and sister. She took care of both of her parents as
they became ill before they passed away. She always looked out for and cared for her sister,
Peggy Joyce. They were very close, she would call her “sis”. The same name that her father
called her many years ago.
Mary Rae led by example how to care for and love your family. She always advocated
that family came first. Love each other during the good times and even more so during the bad
times. Never give up on your family. She always saw the good in people and expected good
things to happen. She will be missed greatly.

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