Senator Jean Preston Laid To Rest

Former Republican State Senator Jean Preston was laid to rest Monday after passing from complications resulting from a fall last week.

Senator Preston served in the state for 20 years and spent 25 years in education prior to that.

At the funeral, Democrat State Senator Don Davis said Preston was a woman who loved serving the state and her constituents she represented and her loss will be one for her family and North Carolina.

Preston, who was 77-years-old, is survived by her daughter and two grandchildren.


A former state senator, who retired just two weeks ago, will be remembered Monday.

Senator Jean Preston's funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. at Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Snow Hill.

The Greene County native died early Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut after a fall while on vacation.

Preston represented Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties for 20 years in the Legislature -- 14 in the House and six in the Senate. She decided not to run for re-election last year.

The Emerald Isle Republican most recently served as a co-chairwoman on the Senate Education Committee and education budget subcommittee.

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Former State Senator Jean Preston has died, a week after suffering a fall during a vacation in Connecticut.

Senator Norm Sanderson told WITN that Preston passed away of complications from that fall.

Preston, who was from Emerald Isle, served seven terms in the house before being elected to the senate in 2006. She decided last year not to seek another term in the senate and Sanderson won her old seat.

District 2 is made up of Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties.

Governor Pat McCrory says he was deeply saddened when he heard of Preston's passing. “She and I became very good friends over the years and I will miss her," said the governor. "Emerald Isle and all of North Carolina has lost a tremendous leader and committed public servant.”

Preston was joint Republican caucus leader and served as co-chair of the Senate Education/Higher Education Committee.

"Jean Preston was a pioneer in the field of special education who dedicated her life to ensuring our children have the brightest future possible," said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger. "As a legislator, Sen. Preston worked tirelessly on education reform and on achieving better results for our students."

Preston was a native of Greene County and before getting into politics had been a special education teacher, a school administrator and school principal.