H. Valeria “Buckie” Pratt of Kennett Square

H. Valeria “Buckie” Pratt, 99, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 2, at The Friends Home. She was the wife of Gilbert MacFarland Pratt Sr. who predeceased her on Feb. 10. The two shared 68 years of loving marriage.

Born at Scarlet Thicket Farm in Willowdale, she was the daughter of the late William and the late Gertrude Augusta (Reyner) McCombs. Valeria was a 1937 graduate of Unionville High School. She is predeceased by a brother William McCombs and sisters Gertrude Peterson, Mary Walton, and Dorothy Cloud.

Valeria was a very dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker; her family always came first and she never missed remembering birthdays of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved cooking for and serving her family. Sunday dinners were always big enough to cover the whole kitchen table and she always made room for guests.

Valeria has been a very active member of Willowdale Chapel for a large majority of her life; she taught Sunday School, participated in volunteer work, was a member of the small missions society group, and played the piano for the church choir for a period of time.

Over the years, Valeria enjoyed weekend trips to Port Herman or Ocean City, N.J. with her sister and other family members. She loved gardening, bird watching, and observing the deer and other wildlife in her back yard.

Valeria is survived by her sons, Gilbert M. Pratt Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Strasburg, and Richard D. Pratt and his wife Kathy of Willowdale; her daughters, Virginia Pitts and her husband Joseph of Unionville, and Jean L. Edwards and her husband Kemp of Greenwood, Iowa; her nine grandchildren; her 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

You are invited to join Valeria’s family and friends at her Life Celebration service on Friday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  A reception will follow at the church. Interment will be held privately.

Memorial contributions may be made in Valeria’s name to Samaritan’s Purse (Hurricane Harvey Relief), P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina, 28607. Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square.  To view her online tribute and to share memories with her family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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