Mary C. Barnthouse was born in Marion County, Ohio, May 3, 1844. She was married to James Preston, June 13, 1861. In 1875 she moved with her family to Piatt County, Illinois, near the town of Monticello, where they made their home until 1892, when they moved to the present home of the family in Iowa.
At some time subsequent to her marriage, she and her husband,who had formerly been a member of the Presbyterian Church, united with the Christian, in that branch which was known as the New Lights, of which church she remained a member until the removal of the family to this state. During the years which followed, she still sought to live a Christian life, and during the late months of her suffering her faith in her Divine Master was strong and her willingness to endure as He should think best was unshaken. Her great regret was that she had not united with the church since coming here. She often said, during her last illness, that if God spared her life, and she recovered, her first purpose would be to publicly confess her faith and unite with God's people in the church.
Her last illness began about Christmas time of the last year, but during the past four months her suffering has been very great, though patiently borne. She was the mother of four children, all of whom, with their bereaved father, survive her and were all present in the home at the time of her death, which occurred at 5:30 o'clock on Saturday, June 30th. The children are Mrs. C.D. Harrison, of Locke, Montana; Ella, Charles, and Pearl of Crown.
Funeral services were conducted at the home by Reverend W.H. IIsley, Pastor of the Leon Presbyterian Church, assisted by Reverend Flora, on Monday afternoon, commencing at 2 o'clock. A large crowd followed the remains to Leon Cemetery where interment occurred.
She has but passed Beyond the mist that binds us here, Into the new and longer life Of that serener sphere.