Renee Cato Preston, 70, a long-time past resident of Cleveland, died Monday, May 3, 2021, in Spartanburg, S.C., after an extended illness.
Born June 8, 1950, in Thomasville, N.C., she was the daughter of Juanita Johnson Cato and the Rev. Harold Eugene Cato.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobart Preston.
She was a graduate of West Coast High School in Fresno, Calif., and attended Lee University in Cleveland.
She received her RN in nursing from Cleveland State Community College and was a clinical nurse for 30 years. She was employed by Humana as a compliance quality and finance RN, servicing the state of Florida, telecommuting from her home.
Renee’s medical passion was in long-term care, and she specialized in the elder population’s medical rights and care in nursing facilities around the country.
She wrote several articles on elder care and was a motivational speaker for caregivers, especially those who cared for Alzheimer's patients.
She is survived by her daughter, Melody Nicole (Nikki) Preston of Cleveland; sister, Gail Cato Jacobs (Daniel) of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, David Cato of Spartanburg, S.C.; nephew, Jeffrey Miller (Crystal); aunt and uncle, the Rev. C. L. and Joyce Leonard; uncle and aunt, K. Wayne and Louise Johnson; aunt, Moffie Simmons Cato; and cousins in Georgia, Mississippi, Washington and Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Renee Cato Preston Memorial Fund held with the Spartanburg County Foundation, 424 East Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, S.C . 29302.
The gifts will benefit the Kidney Disease Research and Assistance Fund in Calexico, Calif.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com or to David Cato, 20 Olney Lane, Spartanburg, S.C. 29307.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 3 p.m. today, May 23, 2021, at the Jim Rush Funeral Chapel, 2603 Ocoee Street, Cleveland, Tennessee 37311.
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