Janet Kathleen Preator


Hayden resident Janet Kathleen Preator, died Oct. 1, 2003, at St. John, New Brunswick, Cananda. She was 65.

Preator was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Hayden, Colo., to Forest Glenn and Myrtle (Blake) Frentress.

Preator was raised and attended school in Hayden, graduating from Hayden High School in 1956. She then attended CSU for a short time and Barnes Business College in Denver.

Preator married Joseph Clark on Aug. 2, 1957, in Hayden and to this union a daughter, Tori, was born. They were divorced after 17 years of marriage and she moved to Alaska and worked for Aleyska Ski Area in the business office. In 1979, Kathleen returned to Hayden, where she met Robert E. Preator, they were married May 3, 1980, in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Preator worked at the Bank of Steamboat, the Clerk and Recorder's office for 14 years, and for the Yampa Valley National Bank in Hayden for five years before retiring in 2001. She loved to travel and along with her husband, they visited many places throughout the United States, Alaska, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Europe. She has kayaked extensively through Alaska, including the Arctic Circle, Prince William Sound, and Kachemak Bay. Preator was an avid snowmobiler and toured most of North America by motorcycle. She loved her grandchildren and family and enjoyed spending time and visiting with all of them.

Preator is survived by her husband, Robert Preator, of Hayden; daughter, Tori (Stephen) Hellmann, of Palisade, Colo.; grandchildren Kaela, Jessica, and Gabriel; brother, Forrest (Marilyn) Frentress, of Hayden; sister-in-law, Dollie Frentress, of Craig; father and mother-in-law Rodney and Sally Preator, of Grand Junction; brother-in-law, John Preator, of Delta; sister-in-law, Gay Preator, of LaCross, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preator was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Norman Frentress.

Services were Oct. 13, 2003, at the Hayden High School Auditorium, in Hayden, with Janet Babish officiating.

A duet, "Peace In The Valley" was performed by Tim and Doyle Frentress, accompanied by Paula Frentress.

Special music was "Spirit of Alaska," "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" by Celine Dion, and "The Rose" by Bette Midler.

Honorary pallbearers were all Kathleen's family and her many friends.

Interment of cremains was at Hayden Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation in care of Grant Mortuary.

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