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VIRGINIA "GINNY" MARY (CANNON) PRESTON
DOVER-FOXCROFT - Virginia "Ginny" Mary (Cannon) Preston, 54, beloved wife of Alan Preston, died Dec. 14, 2002, at home of lymphoma. She was born April 8, 1948, in New Haven, Conn., the youngest child of Frances M. (Card) Cannon of Dexter and the late James M. Cannon. Ginny had a bachelor of science degree from S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia and a nursing degree from Jamestown Community College, School of Nursing. She worked as a charge nurse at Buffalo Children's Hospital in New York for three years before the family moved to Dover-Foxcroft in 1976. She worked as an RN at Community Health and Counseling Service, then as a night supervisor at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft until 1984. An accomplished artist, Ginny was known for her drawings, watercolors, oils and sculpted paper figures. In 1982, using her designing skills, she started Preston's Wreath and Candle business. By 1984, the business had grown to have 250 wholesale customers across the nation, requiring her to resign her position at the hospital and run the growing business. At the time of her death, Preston's employed six full-time and one part-time employee, and had contracts with large catalog companies, as well as many retail stores like Rebecca's, in Bangor. An avid reader, hiker and cross-country skier, she relished time at her cottage on Sebec Lake with family, friends, and animals. She especially enjoyed the books of J.R.R. Tolkien and poetry of Robert Frost. She loved her dogs, Shadow and Rex and her three cats, Jasperina, Jim, and Muffin Tin. Her warm smile and quick wit were a joy to all who knew her.

In addition to her mother and her husband of 33 years, she is survived by two sons, Loren and Benjamin of Dover-Foxcroft; a daughter, Mary of Orlando, Fla.; special nephew, Nicholas Cannon of Dover-Foxcroft; sisters, Louise Lazare of Waban, Mass., Janet and Patricia Cannon, both of Dexter; her aunt, Marion Card of Gloucester, Mass., and many dear nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Ginny will be missed by many dear friends including, Marie Barry of Dorchester, Mass., Candace Cubito of Syracuse, N.Y., Janet and Dick Paluck of Rochester, N.Y, Barbara Butterfass and Patricia Loughery, both of St. Albans. She was predeceased by her father; sister, Jacqueline Mary Cannon; and niece, Jacqueline Lazare Dunne.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Jan. 18, 2003, at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Dover-Foxcroft with the Rev. Nancy Moore and the Rev. Janet McCauley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia M. Preston Art Studies Fund at Foxcroft Academy, 975 W. Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, Me 04426.

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