\\Preach, Monica Patricia, "Patty," a 64 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Friday, December 3, 2010 in Torrance. Born in Eldora, Iowa, Patty was 86 when she died. She was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church Manhattan Beach and the Neptunian Club. Patty trained as a nurse during WWII. She came to Southern California and went to work in 1945. She met her husband William "Bill" Preach in 1946 and were soon married. They moved to Manhattan Beach in 1952 and became active in the community. Patty is survived by her sons, Timothy (Maryann) Preach of Newburg, OR; Jeffrey (Terri) Preach of Castaic, CA; Frederick "Kelley" Preach of Manhattan Beach, CA; her niece Kathy (Orvis) Nelson of Torrance, CA; 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Veronica Kelley, her husband, William L. Preach, and her sisters Margaret and twin Elizabeth. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Monday December 6, 2010 from 4 to 8pm with a Vigil at 7pm. The Service will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church on Tuesday December 7 at 10am. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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  1. Tim, Jeff, Kelly & Family, I forward to you my love and prayers. Speaking to someone in my family, Patty was referred as one of the “Golden Girls” on 18th Street. Our mothers were such good friends and what a wonderful friendship they had. Patty you will always have a place in my heart.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of time spent with the Preach family when I was a child. I know you will miss her.

  3. On behalf of my daughters and myself, we extend our thoughts and our prayers to all of you in this time of sadness. May God hold you up during this time of transition.

  4. Preach Ohana, My sincere condolences, Patti was always gracious and caring lady, I have fond memories of her when I was growing up. She was very nice to me when I was a little boy my love to all. Aloha Vince

  5. Tim, Jeff & Kelly: Our moms were great friends and I’m especially grateful for Patty’s loyalty to Joan “to the end.” I send you my heartfelt condolences.

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