Gainesville — Marguerite Hamilton Preston went to be with the Lord on August 18, 2015. She was born to Henry Glenn Hamilton and Mildred McArthur Hamilton in 1925 and was a lifetime resident of Gainesville, FL. Mrs. Preston graduated from P.K. Yonge in 1943 and also attended the University of Tennessee for 3 years. After raising her children, she worked as an administrative assistant at IFAS at the University of Florida until she retired in 1989. She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, where she served as an elder and was a member and teacher of the Berean Sunday School class. She was also active in the women’s circles within the church. Mrs. Preston had a great love of plants and flowers and was a member of the Gainesville Garden Club. She spent many years enjoying gardening, knitting, and quilting, and had a love of current events and politics. However, nothing made her happier than being with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Mrs. Preston was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, James David Preston, and her siblings, Addie Virginia Bell of Franklin, NC and Harry Glenn Hamilton of North Miami, Fl . She is survived by her children, Sharon Preston Gleman of Franklin, NC, Beverly Jeanne Preston of Gainesville, FL, Chad Owen (Linda) Preston of Gainesville, FL, Kim Bradford (Charlene) Preston of Weirsdale, FL Stephen Glenn (JoEllen) Preston of Plant City, FL, James Miles (Michelle) Preston of Inverness, FL and Clifford McArthur (Beckie) Preston of Gainesville, FL. She also leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. A service for Marguerite Preston will be held Saturday August 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM at The First Presbyterian Church 300 SW 2nd Ave Gainesville, FL. Scott Stuart officiating. There will be a short reception in Gordon Memorial Hall following the service. Burial will be at Forest Meadows Cemetery – West following the reception, all are welcome. The family will receive friends Friday August 21, 2015 between 5 and 7 PM at Milam Funeral Home.