Gladys Allene Preston, age 82 of River, died Sunday April 15, 2018. She was born March 10, 1936 in Paintsville to the late Ben and Alice Collins Ward. Gladys was a retired cook with the W.R. Castle School. She is survived by her husband Carlos Preston who she married on December 1, 1957. Also surviving is one son; Joseph A. Preston of River, KY, one daughter; Kathy Welch of River, KY, two brothers; James Ward of Paintsville, KY and Bobby Ward of Columbus, OH, one grandchild; Kasondra Welch of Knoxville, TN, and a special cousin Thelma Ruth Lester. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday April 17 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Preston Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. Wednesday at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Bobby Mollett and Ronnie Mills officiating. Burial will follow in the Mantfred Castle Cemetery at Lowmansville, KY.