Ruth Bowne Preston

Ruth Bowne Preston

Ruth Bowne Preston

Ruth Bowne Preston, 96, of Medford, Ore., died on Saturday morning, May 23, 2009 at Avamere at Three Fountains Nursing Home. She was born in Portland, Ore., on June 5, 1912 to Alice (Rowland) and Walter Bowne. They moved to Medford in 1914 where Ruth attended the Valley School and Medford High School. She graduated from Gardner School in New York City in 1930.

She was married to I.L. Dew from 1936 to 1941. In 1942, she married Charles Jasper Walker, Jr., of Galveston, Texas. They moved to Medford in 1955. Mr. Walker died in an industrial accident in September 1961. On March 5, 1966, in Jacksonville, Ore., Ruth married Frank Carlton Preston, Jr. (Captain U.S. Army, retired). The Prestons resided in Medford, Jacksonville and the Applegate Valley. Mr. Preston died in June 1998.

Ruth was employed as a girls' counselor for the Jackson County Juvenile Dept. and later as Restoration Manager and Decorator for the Southern Oregon Historical Society. She was founding member of Gold Diggers Guild and a member of the Colony Club, the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), the Jacksonville Boosters Club and a founding member of the Britt Festival. Ruth was instrumental in getting National Landmark status for Jacksonville.

Ruth had many varied interests including interior design, gardening, her pets, travel and fine cuisine.

Mrs. Preston is survived by her stepdaughters, Suzanne Preston Day, of Medford and Margo Preston Vannelli, of San Francisco as well as cousins, Evelyn Beebe Shirk, of Portland, Ore., Ayersylea Denney, of Norfolk, Conn., and John Bowne, of Poway, Calif.

Services for Ruth Bowne Preston will be held in the Committal Chapel at Eagle Point National Cemetery on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. She will be interred at the cemetery with her late husband, Frank Preston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jacksonville Woodlands Association, P.O. Box 1210, Jacksonville, OR. or the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

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