Evadine Mead Preston, who went by Dina, passed away on April 12, 2021, at 10:50 p.m. at Novant Presbyterian Hospital. Dina is survived by her loving daughters, Erin Preston and Jessica Gordon Head; son-in-law, Eddie Head; and her two grandchildren Caleb and Jenna Gordon.
Her maiden name is Evadine Louise Mead and she was born to Mary Jane and Elwood Mead on November 29, 1946. Her brother Dennis served in the Vietnam War and died valiantly for his country.
Dina was born and raised in South Bend, Ind. She went on to study at Purdue University in West Lafayette. After receiving her teaching certificate, she moved to Chicago to teach on the Southside and then went on to work in the inner city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dina was an educator her entire adult life and helped many people receive their GEDs while working at JobCore. After retirement, she became a substitute teacher and most recently subbed at Lake Norman Christian.
While living in Cincinnati she got married, raised a family and stayed for 40 years before moving to Cornelius, N.C., to be near her young grandchildren. During her time as a full-time mother, she took up sewing, smocking and stained glass to sell at craft fairs to support her daughters’ extracurricular activities. A very creative woman always working on a project, it’s not shocking that both of her daughters’ careers are now based in the arts. She loved animals and was a skilled equestrian.
Her Christian faith was central to her life. Jesus Christ was her guiding light, and we know she is reunited with him now. She served as a Chaplain at Novant and attended River of Life Church. Dina recently volunteered to help her fellow church members learn RTF, a process known to help others heal. She deeply valued the power of prayer and participated in many prayer groups.
Dina was known for her kindness, generosity, sense of humor, laughter, always up-for-an-adventure and perpetually positive attitude, and so much more. She loved to spend time with her family and friends, to travel, to see the world and had a passion for science and history. A perfect and attentive grandmother, she was always there to remind them of her love and was their partner on all the fun. She loved talking to people and often made friends while walking her beloved dog Selah, volunteering or running errands. She was also active in the Republican Women’s Group in Cornelius and cherished her privilege to make a difference.
Dina has touched the lives of many and has taught us so much about unconditional love. She will be deeply missed and her influence will continue as she’s doing what she always said she would — dancing in heaven.
We love you very much Dina. We are so grateful for all that you are and have brought into our lives.
A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Byron Wicker officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. For those who are unable to attend the service, you may go to the following link for the live stream https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC864hAs96dTRLVVL1la0Qlw/videos?view=2&flow=list
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the family of Mrs. Preston. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.