Rita Preston, of Carrabelle, born on Oct. 7, 1949, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2020 with her husband Mike, daughters Diana and Darlene, and grandchildren Jonny and Casey by her side.
She is preceded in death by her mother Flora Pittillio; brother Richard Jankowski; and son-in-law Jonnathan Riley.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Mike Preston; daughters Darlene Riley and Diana Preston; grandchildren Jonny Riley, Casey Riley, Lisa Whitaker, and Michael Williams; and great-grandson Jon Alan Whitaker.
For many years Rita worked with the Franklin County board of commissioners in different positions. She retired from the property appraiser’s office in 2014. She was a dedicated employee who left an impact on her work family.
Rita loved her family and especially her role as Nana (Grandma). She had such a pure and genuine heart. She was a servant of God and never lost her faith, even when life became difficult. Rita had a laugh that was contagious and had a way of spreading her cheer even without trying. She was a giver in every aspect of her life and we as her family are so blessed to have been part of her life.
To have known Rita was to love her. She will be greatly missed by her family and community. She will be forever in our hearts and memories.
Funeral services were held graveside on Saturday afternoon, July 11 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Carrabelle.