RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY -

Former colleagues are remembering Carteret County legislator Jean Preston for her tenacity and dedication to public education.

The General Assembly passed a resolution Wednesday honoring Preston's life. The Republican represented central coastal counties for 20 years in the legislature - 14 in the House and six in the Senate - until her final term expired last December. She died in early January from complications from a fall a few weeks before while visiting Connecticut.

Preston was a retired teacher, principal and school administrator who served as a co-chairwoman on the Senate Education Committee and education budget subcommittee.

Sen. Dan Blue also served with Preston in the House. He said Preston played a major role in education policy no matter which party led the chamber.