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I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,, I have kept the faith.
II Timothy 4:7
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MOTHER ... Marjorie M. Preston
FATHER ... Frank J. Preston, Sr.
SISTER... Lori Ann Preston
BROTHE.RS ... Frank J. Preston, Jr., Frank A. Preston
.SISTER-IN-LAW... Karen F. Preston
GRANDPARENTS... Gertrude and Ariel Melchior, Sr.
GREAT AUNT... Zelina Petersen
GREAT UNCLE ... Gaston G. Benjamin
NEPHEW ... Major Lavion Preston
NIECE ... Arielle Nicole Preston
AUNIS ... Norma Gomez, Valerie Wade,
Rita Watley and Laurel Melchior
UNCLES... Ariel Melchior, Jr. and Earl Melchior
COUSINS ... Monique, Sancta, Capri and Anna Watley,
Jasmine, Craig and George Wade, Jacqueline Wade-Greaux,
Ethelbert Benjamin, Jr. and Earl Melchior, Jr., Lisa, Lois and
Frank J. Preston, Jr., Frank A. Preston, Craig A.C. Wade
George W. Wade, Jr., Ethelbert C. Benjamin, Jr.
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Frank J. Preston, Sr., Ariel Melchior, Sr., Ariel Melchior, Jr.
Earl Melchior, Alvin Gomez, Sr., Lincoln Watley
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Shelsia Charmaine Preston was born on St. Thomas,
Virgin Islands on June 7, 1959 and moved to the U.S.
Mainland at an early age with her parents. She re-
ceived her early education there graduating from Pe-
tersburg (Va.) High School in 1977. She subsequently
earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Old Do-
minion University, Norfolk, Va. in 1981; and was
awarded a degree in Computer Science from Com-
puter Learning Center in Washington, D.C. in 1982.
On October 9, 1987 Shelsia was presented a Certifi-
cate of Achievement from FOCUS in Database Design
Course No. 200, and on December 17, 1982 she re-
ceived a Certificate of Completion of OS/JCL Usage
from Optimum Systems Inc.
During her high school years, she was very active in
sports and received several trophies in basketball from
Petersburg High in 1976. Because of her interest in the
outdoors, she earned outstanding camper award from
Nottingham Camp during her school years.
Prior to taking ill, she was employed by Consulting
and Programming Services of Washington, D.C. for at
least ten years, five of which were in a supervisory
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Officiating ... Father Ambrose Gumbs
HYMN ............................It Is Well With My Soul
SCRIPTURE: IICor 5:1-10 ................... Lisa Melchior
EULOGY .................................. Sancta Watley
His Eye Is On The Sparrow .............. Laurel Melchior
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 23 ...................... Jasmine Wade
HYMN ................... What A Friend We Have in Jesus
HOMILY .................................. Father Gumbs
RECESSIONAL HYMN .. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
Shelsia, we love you, but God loves you best. Even though your
presence will no longer be with us, memories of you will be in our
hearts forever. Your tenacity, strength, warmth, kindness, heartfelt
smile and unyielding optimism was noted and felt through your
everyday gestures. If those expressions could be put into words,
they would read:
Dear Loved Ones:
I hope by now that some of the shock of my departure
has begun to wear away and that the kind carpet of the
pleasant memories we shared has started to unroll. I only
ask one thing: No sad tears for me, please.
Death is a heartache that only God can heal. Memories
are something that no one can ever take away. A young
lady never really dies while there are those on earth who
loved her, and they remember her with fondness. I only
hope that you will remember the mature, independent,
confident, ambitious, joyful and peaceful young lady I
had blossomed into because of your unconditional love.
I have fought a good fight, and I have finished the
course. I have kept the faith, and I now rest in peace. I
have gone to a better place, but my spirit will forever live
in your hearts until God beckons for you and we meet
again. Remember, God knows best all who have loved
and been loved have earned a place of immortality ... No
sad tears for me, please!
All My Lawe
Written by Ierry Preston, brother
Shell ... Farewell, sweetheart. Even though you have departed
this life, the memories we shared will live forever. You have
always been a fighter and you fought to the end. Your caring,
loving and understanding ways will always be cherished. You are
still with us. We have always loved you and will continue to love
you. Rest in peace.
Shell... Even though we knew of each other, it wasn't until 1982
when I went to college we became close and I realized the special
person you were. Over the next six years when we hung out
together at the movies, restaurants, basketball games and concerts,
it was so much fun and great times! These memories will live in
my heart forever.
Six months ago when I last visited you in person, even though
your illness had taken it's toll and you were obviously in excruciat-
ing pain, you were concerned about other people and was not
looking for pity. You were such an inspiration to me and many
others. You knew it was a matter of time, and resigned yourself to
your fate. Accepting the hand you were dealt, you played it, and
did your best while you prayed and prepared to face the inevitable.
Your illness has been long, so your death came as no surprise.
However one of the hardest things to accept is the realization that
things that make no sense to us now may never make any sense,
but life will go on anyway with no explanations, and we some-
how survive the changes thrust upon us.
I feel full of all the good times and laughter we shared, and at the
same time I feel empty because of the loss, but I take comfort in
knowing that where you are now there is no more pain, no more
hurt, no more worrying and that you are at peace.
FAREWELL ...til we meet in God's kingdom,
'Yo cuz jazz' Jasmine
Shell Preston was a true friend and my best friend. She was one
of the most caring and sensitive individuals I have ever met. She
always put the thoughts, and feelings of others first and was the
most generous individual that I have ever encountered. Although,
Shell was struggling with her own pain, both physical and emo-
tional, she never ceased being supportive of myself and others.
She had a beautiful heart and a warmth that was evident, when-
ever myself and others had contact with Shell. I will forever miss
Shell, as I don't feel that I will ever meet another individual in my
life time who will be as special as Shell.
Shell ... It's partly because of you and the special qualities you
have, that we tried to be a better person ourself. Your sincerity,
your good nature attitude, your optimism and your strengths, all
those things that have given us a certain outlook and a special
way of approaching life. Having you in our days, knowing you as
we did, has helped us over the rough spots and through the
difficult times, we feel like we owe you a lot but can repay you
with so little. But as little as we have to give it would mean so
much to us, just for you to know that you've added to our days
and given life a special glow.
PS. Until we meet again.
From: Your "Home Boys"
Andrew Tawney, Larry "Don" Brown, Michael Jac*kon, Curtis Massey
A heart of gold stopped beating,
Two shining eyes at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove,
He only takes the best.
God knows you had to leave us,
But you didn't go alone,
For parts of us went with you,
The day he took you home,
To some you will be forgotten,
To others just a part of the past,
But to us who loved and lost you,
Your memory will always last.
Friends and Neighborsof
Annette Gardens Towndhomes
Thank you Lord for the example you placed in Shelsia Preston
our neighbor and friend. Through her, you showed us:
How to laugh
How to play
How to live, each and every day
How to be strong
and to get along
How to be...
Steadfast and free
How to live and how to die
How to go on ... not knowing why
How to know and understand
It's good to be in God's plan
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4: To everything there is a season, a time for
every purpose under Heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill,
And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build, A
time to weep, and a time to laugh, A time to mourn, and a time to
Love always, your next door neighbors, Jep & Gloria Milhouse
Shelsia ... I miss you already feel so empty inside. You were
like a beacon in the night, such a gentle guide. I know that you
would not want me to mourn, you would say, "Life goes on."
I will remember the fun times we had together... It gives me
comfort to know that your "sweet spirit" will live on forever...
Loe, your friend Pam Malone
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