IN MEMORIAM: Louisa ‘Lou’ Darragh

by Jane Ahrens
Darragh Louisa

Louisa “Lou” Darragh, died peacefully in her home, Saturday night February 23, 2013, at the age of 94. She was born in Little Rock, Ark., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Kramer Darragh. She attended Finch College in New York City. In 1943, she married Robert “Bobby” Sheffey Preston Jr., who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Frederick Kramer Darragh Jr. and Thomas Eugene Darragh of Little Rock, Ark.

Lou has been a member of the Junior League, both in her hometown and in Richmond, where she became a Sustainer member. Mrs. Preston was on the board of the Children’s Hospital, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was a Council member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. After moving from Richmond to a farm in Manakin, she developed an interest in gardening, joining The Tuckahoe Garden Club and the Goochland Garden Club. She was a member of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. She loved playing bridge, golf, needlepoint, gardening and chocolate, but most of all she loved being in the company of her family.

She is survived by her five children, Mary Louisa Pre-ston, Alice Valeria Preston, Carolyn Preston Kendig, Robert Sheffey Preston III and Frederick Darragh Preston; nine grandchildren, Gwen Preston Murray, Sian-louisa Chewning Eure, John Preston Kendig, Louisa Darragh Kendig, Hallie Evans Preston, Elizabeth Claire Preston, Robert Sheffey Preston IV, Elizabeth Carol Preston and Frederick Darragh Preston Jr. The family thanks Virginia Robinson, Hospice, and the caregivers for their amazing help. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 12291 River Rd., Manakin, Va., or Hospice Community Care, 10128 West Broad St., Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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