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Obituary – Vida Cecelia (Hofman) Preston (1939 – 2019)


Vida Cecelia (Hofman) Preston of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life, Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Cecelia was born August 11, 1939 to David Hoffman and Vida Jameson Hoffman in Gladewater, Texas. Cecelia was 79 years, 5 months and 15 days old.

At a young age, Cecelia married the love of her life, Kenneth Preston. Together they raised a family of three children and then they enjoyed being grandparents and great grandparents. Cecelia enjoyed gospel music and country music. She loved basketball and tennis matches. Cecelia really looked forward to time with friends and family and rest assured there was always time for a board game.

Cecelia leaves behind to cherish her memory, two children: Karen Schnitker and husband Clifford of Murphy, Texas and Daniel Preston and wife Pam of Hawaii. Mamaw will forever remain in the hearts of her grandchildren: Bridget Maxwell, Belinda Preston, Jamie Webb, Amber Preston, Jared Kluthe, Matthew Hancock and Marissa Hancock as well as eleven great grandchildren. Cecelia is also survived by one sister, Mary George and husband Flint of Flowermound, Texas and one brother, Johnny Hoffman and wife Frankiline of Weatherford, Texas. Cecelia will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives she impacted including a host of extended family, neighbors, friends and loved ones dear to her heart.

Cecelia is preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Kenneth Preston, one son, Barry Preston and her parents, David and Vida Hoffman.

Cecelia’s graveside life celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Fort Smith National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas with Rev. Pat Ray Biggs officiating. Interment will follow. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Cecelia’s visitation will be Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. You may leave words of remembrance for Cecelia’s family by visiting: www.heritagememorialfh.com

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