SNOW HILL, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina state senator who left office less than two weeks ago has died following a fall in Connecticut.
The Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Greene County said that former Sen. Jean Preston of Emerald Isle died early Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Conn. at age 77. Jody Tyson with the funeral service says Preston died from complications from a fall before Christmas while visiting friends there.
Preston represented central coast counties for 20 years in the Legislature -- 14 in the House and six in the Senate. She decided not to run for re-election last year. Preston most recently served as a co-chairwoman on the Senate Education Committee and education budget subcommittee.
Preston's funeral is set for Monday morning at the funeral home chapel.