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Martha Peterson McCormick Preston
Martha Peterson McCormick Preston

Martha Peterson McCormick Preston, 95, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, June 20, 2016, following a short illness. She was born January 22, 1921, in Ballston, Va., to parents Vance and Annie MacMillan Peterson.

Mrs. Preston grew up in Wilmington and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1938. She worked in an airplane factory in Baltimore, Md., during World War II. Returning to Wilmington, she went to work at Wilmington Music Company as office manager, where she met and married Mr. L.B. McCormick. Following the death of Mr. McCormick in 1959, Mrs. Preston sold the Wilmington Music Company and continued to operate The Record Bar at Fifth and Castle streets. She was well known by many teenagers during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. On September 10, 1966, she married the love of her life, our Pa, and they enjoyed 43 years together. Always an avid NASCAR fan, she and her late husband attended many races, loved to camp and fish, and in earlier years enjoyed riding their Harley with several other married couples. They were known as The Rolling Rebels.

A beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, Mrs. Preston was lovingly known as ‘Mama’ to her children and as ‘Nana’ to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even many friends.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Pete; two brothers, Robert and James Peterson; stepdaughter, Ann McCormick Davis Wood; nephews, Dickey, Jere and Pete Peterson; nieces, Ann Peterson Costin and Carolyn Peterson Raynor; and husband Mr. B.W. ‘Pa’ Preston in 2009.

Mrs. Preston is survived by daughters Betty McCormick Webb (Ray) and Sharon McCormick Croom (Larry); four grandchildren, Lisa Webb Bland (Donald), Tonia Webb Jolley (Mark), Niel Croom (Heather) and Annie Croom Currie (Joe); 11 great-grandchildren, Megan Bland Peterson (Micah), who are awaiting the birth of Mrs. Preston’s first great-great grandchild, Josiah David Peterson, and Micah Bland; Kelsey ( soon to be Cory Knicely), Kassidy and Kyle Jolley, Alyssabeth and Ashlynn Holland and Brittany Currie, and Amber, Hunter and Justice Croom; three step-grandchildren, Tom Davis, Richard Davis and Terri Davis Horton; step-great-grandchildren, Seth and Aaron Horton and Shea, Casey and Raney Davis; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Her loving granddog, Memphis, will no longer get to eat cookies with Nana.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Andrews Mortuary at 17th and Market streets and at other times at the home, 6800 Murrayville Road. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Andrews Mortuary. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park on Shipyard Boulevard. Pallbearers will be son-in-law, Larry Croom; and grandsons, Niel Croom, Micah Bland, Kyle Jolley, Donald Bland, Mark Jolley, Micah Peterson and Joe Currie. Honorary pallbearer will be Ray Webb.

Mrs. Preston was the matriarch of the family and ‘kept us all straight’ with her sense of humor, love of life and wisdom. It will never be the same without Nana.

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