On March 24th the world lost a beautiful soul. Janine Preston passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Sacramento, CA. She was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer but tragically the disease went undetected by her doctors in Crescent City for far too long. In true Janine fashion, she battled the cancer with bravery and courage, and perhaps a bit of stubbornness.
Janine was preceded in death by her father and mother Ruth & Clyde Preston, daughter Sarah, and brother Bill. She was raised in Rancho Cordova, CA with her 5 siblings. Janine attended St. John Vianney Catholic school and graduated from Cordova High School in 1975. She was a proud and loving mother of 4. She was extremely nurturing and patient. Janine moved to Klamath, CA in 2009 to be closer to her sister Linda, brother in-law Jeff and her nephew and niece Brent and Danielle. She spent her life serving others. She organized community events, and worked with at-risk youth volunteering with IASC, and local schools. She was a private caregiver for elderly and disabled adults and loved her years working as a waitress and bartender. She volunteered with the Klamath Fire department, and was an active first responder where she was dispatched to a variety of calls. Janine was friends with people from ALL walks of life, truly believing that we are all created equal. She was kind and generous and would lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Janine was a huge animal lover. Most who knew her also knew her dog Hooligan, her best friend and sidekick which whom she looked forward to reuniting with on the other side. She loved nature and spent a good bit of her time at the beach collecting treasures, which she would then use to create beautiful art. Some of her creations were displayed at an art gallery in Crescent City. Janine was a free spirit with a great sense of humor. Her laugh was contagious and her smile could light up a room. Janine will be remembered for her kind and compassionate heart. She was survived by her daughters Alicia and Jessica, son Anthony, grandchildren, Michael, Brandon and Kaiya, brother Tom, and sisters Ann, Mary and Linda.
Due to recent social gathering restrictions, a celebration of life will be postponed until later this Summer.