BANGOR and CALAIS – Kelly Ann Preston, 41, died Jan. 31, 2010, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Feb. 10, 1968, in Rockland, the daughter of John R. and the late Ora S. Preston. She earned her master’s degree and licensed clinical professional counselor from the University of Maine, Orono, after her graduation from Calais High School. Kelly worked as a clinician and therapist at both Acadia Hospital and Behavioral Health Center, where she brought her love of life and radiance to the lives of those around her. She was a free-spirited mother, sister and daughter who will always be remembered as a wise and playful soul by all who knew her. Kelly’s warmth of love and deep spirituality, combined with her passion for Eastern philosophy, gave her a unique glow and strength that made her a fierce friend and an infinitely loving mother. To Kelly, her kids were her life and the bravery she exhibited when raising three kids alone has inspired her children to face all life’s challenges the same way. In addition to her children, Jessica, Brooke and Will of Bangor, she is survived by her father, John Preston of Roques Bluff; a sister, Kristy Elsemore and husband, Terry, of York, and their two children, Kelsey and Connor; along with many dear friends. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments after the service at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor. Those who wish to remember Kelly in a special way may make gifts, in lieu of flowers, to Kelly’s Kids Education Fund to benefit her children, at any Key Bank location. Condolences to the family may be expressed at