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Elizabeth Dutton Prater

MARION, Va.: Elizabeth “Libby” Dutton Prater, age 86, died Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at her home in Christiansburg, Va. She was born August 25, 1929 in Marion, Va. to the late Charles Porter and Geneva McKinnon Dutton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Leonard Prater; and sister, Mary Jo Dutton Phillippi. Libby is survived by her daughter, Sherri Box and husband, Mike of Christiansburg, Va.; grandson, Matthew Box and wife, Ashleigh of Charlotte, N.C.; great-granddaughters, Annsleigh Elizabeth Box and Elleigh Kate Box, both of Charlotte, N.C.; numerous nieces and nephews; Sherri’s chosen sister, Trish Neubauer; and special caregivers, Linda and Crystal. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Good Samaritan Hospice, Dr. Scott Jamison and Dr. Moises Cossio. As per Libby’s wishes, all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, P.O. Box 477, Radford, VA 24143. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Prater Family.

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Sherri, We are so sorry to hear about your Mother. Libby was always so kind and generous to me (Ivy). She never hesitated to give me a ride home. Know you are a wonderful daughter and if you ever need anything please let us know. With our most heartfelt condolences. Friends Always and Forever, Ivy and Ulysses

Ivy Medley-Cox and Ulysses Cox Jun 16 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss! I hope the good memories give you some comfort at this very difficult time.

Tom Wilson Jun 15 2016 12:00 AM

Libby was my mother's next door neighbor for 9 years. She was such a good friend, and was so helpful to my sister and me during our mother's final illness. I am going to miss her.

Susan Dyer Jun 15 2016 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to learn of our Cousin Libbys' passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers that you will find strength and comfort as time goes forward. Memories of better times will up-lift and up-hold you and provide strength to know she is in a better place.

Joyce and Wayne Dutton and Family Jun 14 2016 12:00 AM

My sympathy and prayers.

Helen Heffinger Jun 11 2016 12:00 AM

We really enjoyed visiting with your mother. She was always quick with a joke. We will miss talking with her while sitting on the bench in front of her house.

Jim & Phyllis Howard Jun 11 2016 12:00 AM

My wife Carol Burruss and I have been neighbors of Libby Prater in a patio homes development in Christiansburg for about twelve years. She has been the model of a good neighbor not only to us, but to all the residents in Windsong Heights. She knew everyone, expressed concern for their welfare, shared vegetables from her garden, and distributed candied apples at the Christmas season. In nice weather, she would sit in front of her house and greet friends as they passed. inquiring of them the welfare of other neighbors not heard from for awhile. Her unfailing good nature and unique sense of humor made her a favorite of all. Some years ago, my work responsibilities took me to Smyth County frequently, and Libby and I spent a good deal of time here talking happily of common acquaintances or scenes in the vicinity of Marion or Sugar Grove. If there was something in the Marion paper that she thought would interest me, she would wave to me from her front door and give me whatever she has saved for me. All of us here loved and admired Libby and will miss her sorely. Our heartfelt condolences to her family and Smyth County friends.

Hilbert Campbell Jun 11 2016 12:00 AM