Julia Marcella ‘Judy’ Preston


Julia Marcella ‘Judy’ Preston, 91, a resident of Aberdeen and former secretary for Gladys Phillips, died on April 12, 2013, at Westhaven Villa in Aberdeen.

Judy was born on June 9, 1921, in Kennett, Missouri to Owen A. and Georgia Bond (Waltermeier) Gossett. Her family moved to Denver, Colo. when she was an infant. She graduated from high school in Denver in 1939. Her family then moved to Vale, Oregon. She moved to Aberdeen in 1987.

Judy had worked as a secretary in Vale, Ore., San Francisco, Calif., Texas, Las Vegas, Nev. and Kent, Wash. before moving to Wesport, and working for Gladys Phillip from 1973 - 1987. After her husband Richard died, she returned to work for Gladys in the 90’s. Judy also did bookkeeping at the True Value Hardware Store in Grayland.

Judy was married to Fred Kerr in Las Vegas from 1955 until they were divorced in 1967. She then married Richard Preston in Seattle from 1972 until his death in 1987.

Judy was a member of the Grays Harbor Rose Society, National Legal Secretary’s Association and then was a Girl Scout Leader in Las Vegas. She liked to garden, sew, crochet, knit, bake bread and read.

Judy is survived by her daughter, Joanne and husband, Dale Mullins of Aberdeen; two grandchildren, James and wife, Teraesa Farrell and Maureen and husband, Adam Johnson; a great-grandson, Samuel Farrell. She was preceded in death by a brother, Newell Gossett; a sister, Elizabeth Gossett in 1941; and a sister, Dorothy Gossett Pierce in 2012.

There will be a celebration of Judy’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Harbor Calvary Chapel, 108 South “K” Street, Aberdeen, Wash.

She will be inurned at Valley View Cemetery, Vale, Ore. with her brother, Newell and sisters, Elizabeth and Dorothy.

A message of condolence or of a memory can be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com

Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen, Wash.