Gaynell was born Sept. 5, 1938 in her grandparents farm house in Friendship, Jackson County, Oklahoma, to Willard J. Johnson and Bonnie (Barnes) Johnson. She died Oct. 17, 2012, in her home in Altus surrounded by her loving family.
She attended Altus Schools and graduated as a proud Bulldog from Altus High School in 1956. Her early adult years in Altus, she enjoyed riding with the Altus Dusters motorcycle club, attending races and runs, waterskiing at Lugert, and hanging out at “Thelmas” and “Clydes” with friends.
She married Walter “Sonny” Preston in 1966 and began her travels of the Caribbean, Europe, and the USA via the Air Force. She continued traveling after retirement and was especially fond of Europe.
She became a gate attendant/camp host at various lake campgrounds in Texas and Oklahoma during the summer, and was an avid “snowbird” to her beloved Texas Gulf Coast in the winter.
Gaynell’s favorite activities were fishing, reading, dancing, cooking, and being a grandmother and great-grandmother to all “her kids.” She always looked forward to annual family reunions and get-togethers.
She cherished Saturday morning breakfast at the Friendship Inn with her dear friends and the times she spent with the “Golden Girls” of Altus.
Gaynell was preceded in death by her father, Willard Jess Johnson; grandson, Justin Michael Preston; her brother-in-law, M.L. Preston; and mother-in-law, Nancy L. Preston.
She is survived by husband Sonny Preston of the home; her mother, Bonnie Lee Johnson of Altus; sister, Linda (husband Bob) Barclay of Altus; sons, Brent (wife Earlene) Stone of Blair, Travis Preston of Norman, Leonard Kyle Preston of Junction City, Kan.; daughter, Kelly Preston of Belleville, Ill.; and sister-in-law, Linda Preston of Harlingen, Texas. She has seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, six nieces and nephews, and numerous family, friends, “in-laws and outlaws” that she loves dearly scattered throughout Oklahoma, Texas and elsewhere.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Southwest OK Animal Network, 2101 Bluebird, Altus, OK 73521 (482-8945), or the Altus/Mangum Cancer Support Group, 1820 Hollywood Dr., Altus, OK 73521.