AUBURN – Beverly R. Preble, 86, passed away peacefully at her residence on Dec. 12, 2018 with her loving family by her side. She was born in Lewiston, on Jan. 31, 1932, to Earle G. (Gerry) Rogers and Ola Harper Rogers.

The wife of John Rendall Preble, they traveled the globe together for nearly 50 years, but most enjoyed the time spent camping with family and friends in the wilds of Maine. Over the years, Beverly was very active in civic affairs as a member of the Woman’s Literary Union, the Woman’s Hospital Association, the Auburn Art Club and the Kora Widow’s Club. Together with her daughter, Jane, she operated “The Little Red House” on Court Street, in Auburn for many years. In her limited, spare time, she expressed her creativity by designing and sewing dozens of outfits for herself and her two daughters, crafting with friends, expanding her extensive flower gardens and decorating her home for every imaginable occasion.

Undoubtedly the focus of her life and her greatest joy was her family.

Beverly was predeceased by her parents; and her husband, John.

She is survived by her sister, Geraldine Callahan of Lewiston; a son, Frank R. Preble and his partner, Carol Rowell-Johnson of Vero Beach, Fla.; daughter, Jane Lidstone and her husband, David of Auburn, daughter, Nancy Preble of Lewiston; five grandchildren, Sarah Lidstone of Nashville, Tenn., Elizabeth Woodcock and her husband, Seth of Windham, Abigail Briglio and her husband, Antonio of Lisbon, Jacob Preble of Denver, Colo. and Eliza Cutter and her husband, Alex of Turner; five great-grandchildren, Lily, Alexis and John Woodcock, Olivia Briglio and Landry LaMontagne; and many adored nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. William Lee for decades of exceptional, loving care and Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice, especially Michelle Hawkins, for their compassion and tenderness.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Beverly’s life by visiting her guest book at

Visitation will be at Fortin Auburn, Sunday December 16, from 2-4 p.m. A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 4 p.m. Committal will be held in the spring at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to

Shriners Hospital

for Children,

516 Carew Street,

Springfield, MA 01104.

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