Lois Cathern Smith Pratt, 69, of Flemington, WV passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 after a lengthy illness. She began her life on a very cold and snowy day November 17, 1950 and was the second of two children born to L. D. and Geraldine Smith. They lived in Clarksburg, WV for many years surrounded by grandparents, aunts and uncles and lots of cousins.
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Lois is survived by one son, Darrell Lee “Duke” Pratt and his step-children: Nikolas, Carli, Dakota, and Taylor Espinoza; her only sibling, special sister Linda Rinehart and husband Floyd of New Mexico, and Linda’s two children: niece Elizabeth McCabe and her family from Arizona and nephew Benjamin Woosley and his family from California; her 4 legged kids “Kanutzsha” and “Diesel” that were very important to her because over the years Lois lived in a home in the country and the dogs became not only friends and children, but they also made her feel safe. Also surviving are several cousins, a couple of aunts, and a boatload of friends.
After graduating from Washington-Irving, Lois received a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairmont State College and a Master’s Degree from WVU. Later, she accumulated many hours toward a Doctorate. Her teaching skills were put to use at both West Milford Elementary School and West Milford Middle School. She retired from teaching after working for 30 years and then continued to work as a Substitute Teacher for a while in Harrison County.
In addition to teaching, Lois played and coached Women’s softball, basketball, and volley ball as well as a statistician for men’s sports. She was honored as Coach of the Year in her league and was noted as one of the oldest female pitchers in WV. Other sporting interests included watching the Pittsburg Pirates, the Pittsburg Steelers and WVU basketball and football. She either cheered them on or hollered at the TV and dogs, telling them what the team should have done. Once a coach, always a coach.
As children, Lois and and her sister attended Sunday School and church at Clarksburg Baptist Church where they were involved in everything from girls basketball to youth choir, handbell choir, BYF and Guild Girls. It was a real privilege to grow up with so many good people and great advisers in life.
When Lois became unable to care for herself, Duke quit his job as a long haul truck driver and became a full time caregiver to his mom. Sometime later, Hospice, WV Caring, Stephanie Wiles and several neighbors came to the house and helped with a many aspects of caring for her. This was a real help to Lois and Duke and the family will always be thankful to them for their help and friendship. They even came during Christmas holidays and sang carols.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home 329 E. Main Street Clarksburg, WV, on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 6 until 8pm. Online condolences, www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com The Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith Pratt Family during this time.