Hurricane Katrina

Margaret Preston, 62, Gulfport

Margaret Preston of Gulfport, Hurricane Katrina victim
Margaret Preston of Gulfport, Hurricane Katrina victim

After Hurricane Katrina ended, Margaret Preston, 62, who had been a nurse all her life, expected to leave her home at Water's Edge and assist people who needed help, said her daughter, Sheryl Turney, formerly of Gulfport, now of Orange City, Fla.

"When they found her, they found her with her (nursing) ID," Turney said. "Her thoughts were that after the storm passed, she would be able to go out and help if anybody needed help."

At the time of the storm, Margaret was an LPN at Biloxi Regional. She and her husband, Larry, had moved to Gulfport a few years earlier to retire.

"That was their goal," Turney said. "And they just loved it." The couple had lived in Florida all their lives.

What her mother really liked to do, Turney said, was go to the casinos where her favorite game was the Sizzling Sevens slots.

Margaret Preston doted on her seven grandchildren, Turney remembers, and looked forward to a new great-grandchild she never got to see.