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February 25, 2014

Florence Lorraine Hoyt Conine Preston

Florence Lorraine Hoyt Conine Preston

PRATTSVILLE/SOUTH KORTRIGHT — Florence Lorraine Hoyt Conine Preston passed away Feb. 20, 2014.

In the “Spring” Florence Lorraine Hoyt was born on April 17, 1936, in Ashland, to Helen Howland Hoyt and Albert (Dobin) M. Hoyt Sr.

She was a graduate of Gilboa-Conesville Central School, where she was a cheerleader and head majorette.

In the “Summer” of her years, Florence married Everett A. Conine on Sept. 1, 1953. They operated, then owned Red Falls Dairy Farm and had four children, Mona, Janelle, Casey and Mitchell.

She worked for many years at the Prattsville Diner and Al’s Fish Market in Windham, as a cook and waitress.

Flo was a member of the U.M Women’s Group at the Prattsville United Methodist Church where she generously volunteered her time assisting with her cooking and baking skills. She loved hosting parties including her children’s weddings.

In the “Fall” of her years … after 37 years of marriage and Everett’s death, she donated land to the Town of Prattsville, formerly known as the Prattsville Fairgrounds, which is now known as the Everett Conine Memorial Ball Field which was dedicated on May 26, 1991.

In the “Winter” of her years, she met Robert B. Preston, who was widowed after 43 years. “Flo and Bob” were wed on Dec. 24, 1999, and she acquired more children, Steven and Mike, and granddaughter, Alexandra. When asked “how long they were married?” they always referred to the total number of years they both had been married previously and together. This past year, it totaled 94 years!

She was predeceased by first husband, Everett A. Conine; brother-in-law, Forrest Kinney; and half-brothers, Albert M. Hoyt Jr. and Kenneth L. Hoyt.

She is survived by her husband, Robert B. Preston of South Kortright; her children, Mona and Tom Collum, Janelle and Ken Maurer, Casey and David Jaeger and Mitch and Lori Conine; grandchildren, Luke Maurer, Julie Maurer and fiancé Roman Tavarez, Jesse Jaeger and Sheena Jaeger; her stepchildren, Steven Preston, Mike Preston and fiancée Kathy Sramek; stepgrandchildren, Alexandra Preston, Shane Manning and Lance Keller; her half-brothers, David L. Hoyt and Larry T. Hoyt; sisters-in-law, Pauline and Harvey Osborn and Lillian Kinney. She is also survived by many cousins; nieces and nephews.

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