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Peggy Pratt


Lois Imogene Olinger Pratt, always called Peggy, was born the only child of Mary Virginia Mitchell and her husband David Olinger on February 10, 1931. She passed away peacefully at her home on February 28, 2021, at 90 years of age. Her childhood was spent in Rich Valley where she helped her grandparents farm. She graduated from Rich Valley High School and enrolled in Marion College until her grandmother’s illness required her back at home, cutting short her education. Peggy married her high school sweetheart, Bill Frank Pratt, and together they had two daughters. Her first job outside the home was working in the Rich Valley High School cafeteria, followed by a sewing factory job. She returned to college when her children were grown, graduating from Emory and Henry College and later receiving two master’s degrees, one in elementary education and the other in supervision and instruction. She taught hundreds of Smyth County’s children during her career and was always delighted when she saw them later on and learned how their lives were going. She taught every elementary grade except 5th grade, and then taught high school English, speech, and drama. She was the assistant principal of Marion Primary School, later becoming supervisor of elementary education for Smyth County. Although she was diligent in her work at the administrative level, her heart was always in the classroom and after retirement she enjoyed being a frequent substitute teacher. Mrs. Pratt was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her great-granddaughter was the joy of her life. She was an accomplished seamstress until age dimmed her vision, and an avid gardener who seldom had the patience to wait until the last frost before planting vegetable and flower seeds. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Bill Frank Pratt, and a half-brother, John Olinger.

She is survived by daughters Carole Pratt and husband Rick Mansell, and Macy Pratt; two grandchildren, Megan Morris and husband Chris, and Matt Mansell; and great-granddaughter, Harper Morris. She is also survived by special cousins Betty Jo Orr, Jane Orr, Jerry Orr and wife Cindy Burkett, and half-sisters Mary Olinger, Martha Olinger, Wilma Murr, and Dixie Anderson, and half-brother David Olinger. 

Mrs. Pratt was laid to rest in a private graveside service at Ridgedale Cemetery in Rich Valley. A celebration of her life is being planned for a future date. 

To share memories of Peggy Pratt please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Peggy’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Miss Peggy was one of my favorite customers at Ollie's. That is where I first met her, we shared a birthday and shared stories about our grandchildren. She was always buying blankets or throws for gifts or for people in need. This sweet lady had a heart of gold. I will miss her daily visits to the store or seeing her out other places. RIP Miss Peggy, thank you for being a friend.

Lynda Sturgill Mar 6 2021 12:00 AM

Ms. Pratt was my Kindergarten teacher and she was always so nice to me. Especially during to time of my Grandmothers sickness. Thank you for all you taught me. Even after all those years she still rememberd who you were and what class year you graduated. Your class of "88" will miss you.

Wendy Johnson-Hamm Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Peggy Pratt

Wendy Johnson-Hamm Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Peggy was a dear inspiration to all who knew her.

Shirley Burket Calahan Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

Mrs. Pratt was one of the sweetest teachers at Rich Valley. Whether you was one of her students or not she would say hi to you in the hallway and she was always smiling. If she ever had a bad day you would never know it because it would ne hid behind her smile. I saw her recently at Walmart and she still knew who I was and she still had her smile. Mrs. Pratt will be dearly missed.

Otessa Necessary Thomas Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Peggy Pratt

Otessa Necessary Thomas Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Pratt was a wonderful teacher and remarkable human being. When I had my daughter Chloe, she filled in for me and did a fantastic job. May Gods angels be near you at the difficult time. Michelle Patton

Michelle Patton Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

Annie Pruitt Darnell Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Peggy Pratt

Annie Pruitt Darnell Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

Such a specal, wonderful, kind lady. Always had a smile and spoke to me whenever she saw me. And would always ask how my dad or mom was . She will be greatly missed. She lived her life well. Prayers and thoughts for the family. May God help you to find peace in the days ahead.

Juanita Shields Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM

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