Frances Laws Preslar
March 15, 1946 - February 25, 2022

Frances Laws Preslar, 75, of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, departed her
earthly home peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on February 25, 2022.
She danced through the gates of heaven to be embraced by her loved ones that
went before her at 3:47 pm. Frances was admitted to McLeod Seacoast Hospital
and was treated for a very brief illness related to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Frances was the only child to Luther Burns Laws and Lola Tarlton Laws of
Hillsborough, N.C. Frances was a young bride to her first great love, Michael
Preslar and built a life and family with Michael for 38 years. Frances and Michael
remained family even after they divorced in 1998 and until Michael’s passing May,
2011. Frances and Michael shared three children, LeAnne Preslar Mohamed,
husband Fazil, Michael Patrick Preslar, wife Shelley, and Stephen Ryan Preslar,
wife Melanie. Frances loved being with her family and being a part of the lives of
her ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Frances leaves a legacy of
grandchildren, Briare Ballard, Cade Ballard, Haven Ballard, Mick (Page) Preslar,
wife Courtney, Luke Preslar, wife Brittany, Patton Preslar, wife Hailey, Sebastian
Preslar, Ariel Preslar, Reagan Preslar, and Braxton Preslar. “Greats” Blaine Brown,
Cordelia Preslar, Killian Preslar, and Lorelai Preslar. In addition to being a stay
home Mom to her young children, Frances attended beauty school and cut and
styled hair for several years. Frances became a real estate agent in the 1980’s and
developed a passion for helping families find their homes. She worked in Durham,
N.C., Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and ended her career working in
Myrtle Beach, S.C. She developed many great professional relationships
throughout her career and won many awards as a top performing agent. Frances
also had a passion and love for the Shag. She moved from Wrightsville Beach,
N.C. to North Myrtle Beach, S.C. to pursue her love of the dance. On the dance
floor is also where she found her second life companion Ron Houck. People have
said to watch them dance was magical. She shared her love of dancing and the
Shag with her granddaughters, as they spent years staying at her house each
summer and attending Junior SOS. She adored watching Briare, Haven, Reagan,
and Ariel learn the steps and practice at her house and in her driveway. It gave her
a great sense of pride watching the next generation of Shaggers. For the entirety of
Frances’ life, she was a sun loving beach girl. She spent many years with her toes
in the sand and passed the love of the sea on to her children, grandchildren, and
even great grandchildren. She was a social butterfly and was a member of the

Mermaids in North Myrtle Beach. Frances loved being part of the Mermaids, as
they gathered around in support when she was caring for her mother’s end of life.
She spoke very fondly of the women and their support. She loved her girlfriends
and her cousins. She called herself sister to many of the wonderful women that
were part of her life. She met her best friend, Barbara Johnson as a young mother
living in Moore County in the 1970’s, and they continued their friendship through
thick and thin until her passing. Romance novels and reading was also a passion,
she would visit the library many times throughout the month. Frances had a green
thumb and would work in her potted plants to make her yard and patio come to life
in the spring. She enjoyed spring because she knew her favorite season was right
around the corner. The pandemic created a different type of lifestyle for Frances,
and she didn’t get to do many of the hobbies she had previously enjoyed. With her
advanced lung disease, she became concerned that the risk of Covid would be too
great to take chances to attend SOS and visit friends as she so loved to do. She and
Dr. Phil had a standing daily date, and she loved watching crime shows. Frances
was a unique beauty. She was known for her dazzling smile and bright beautiful
blue eyes. Frances could light up a room when she entered, she was captivating,
kind, thoughtful, and compassionate. She would be the first person to a family
member in need, there to lend a hand, cook a meal, wash the dishes, whatever was
needed. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary. She was usually the first
person to send well wishes on special occasions or sing happy birthday over the
phone. Frances was dedicated to family traditions and keeping loved ones close.
She instilled valuable life lessons in her children and grandchildren and requested
that they carry on traditions in her honor. Frances loved deeply, mourned greatly,
laughed loudly, and never held her tongue if she thought someone needed
guidance. The family would like to thank the critical care nurses that cared for at
McLeod Seacoast as she was treated with such love and compassion. Most
specifically Jodi, Chasity, Chris, and Ling Ling, Renee and Carol. Jodi and Renee
sang to her, prayed with us, and helped her ease into a state of peace. We are
forever grateful. As a family, we will all miss her dearly, we will continue to honor
her memory and never forget her. The family will have a Celebration of Life for
Frances at Fat Harold’s on March 26, 2022 from 2pm-4pm. Everyone is welcome
to come, share stories, and shag in her honor. The family will also host a brunch in
Wilmington March 26 from 10 am-12 pm at the home of her daughter and son in
law, LeAnne and Fazil Mohamed for a passage and a prayer in her honor. A
Celebration of Life will be determined for a future date in Hillsborough, N.C. One
of the journal entries that Frances wrote was: “I want you to hold my hand when I

die, or cry when you say goodbye because tears are words the heart cannot speak. I
love you all! The truest part of me will live in your hearts forever.”-Frances Preslar


  • Linda C Morrison Posted March 4, 2022 7:09 pm

    Frances was such a beautiful lady, inside and out. She will be missed by many. Dance with the angels Frances.

  • Sherry M Murray Posted March 5, 2022 9:12 am

    Frances was a dear sweet friend and she will always be remember as my Shadow. Love to her family and Ron

  • Brenda Wolff Posted March 5, 2022 1:04 pm

    To LeAnne, Patrick, and Ryan and families, Your description of your loving mother, Frances, was right on target! She was a lovely lady with a forgiving and sincere soul! May she feat in peace! Offering my most sincere condolences 🙏🏻❤️ Brenda Wolff

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