Millie Elizabeth (Benson) Preston, 91, of McAlester, died Thursday, July 25, in Midwest City. The family will welcome friends at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home on Sunday, July 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, July 29, at 2:00 p.m. at the North Town Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Mike Coop, David Thomas, Jimmy Clark, Roy Justice, Hal Johnson and Danny O’Daniels.
Millie Preston was born on March 17, 1928 on the family farm north of Canadian, to Fred and Ora (Christy) Benson. In 1946 the family moved to a farm west of Indianola. Millie married Paul Preston on Nov. 21, 1950 and they soon made their home in McAlester. Millie worked as a cook for the McAlester Public Schools for 23 years until her retirement. But most of all, Millie loved being a wife, mother and grandmother and loved working in her yard and garden. She was a big OU football fan and also watched most other OU sports on TV.
Millie is survived by 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Leon Preston of Edmond, Sam and Gloria Preston of Norman, and Larry Preston of Norman; 2 grandchildren, Trey Preston of McAlester and Wendy Mayes and her husband Steve of Gurthrie; great grandchildren, Devin Mayes and wife Megan of Deer Creek; Zoe Mayes of Guthrie, and Corin Mayes of Cherry Hills, North Carolina; a great great granddaughter, Addie Mayes; a brother-in-law, Bill Coop of McAlester; sisters-in-law, Joan Benson of McAlester, Donna Benson of Richardson, Tx., and Norma Benson of McAlester; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a good friend and neighbor, Karleen Webb.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Ora Benson, her husband, Paul Preston; a son, Terry Preston; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Preston; 4 sisters, Jeannie Coop, Gladys Davenport, Lela Yates, and Bonnie Faye Benson; and 4 brothers, Robert, Kenneth, Tommy and J. B. Benson.
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