Betty Ann Pratt

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Betty Ann Pratt, 91, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, in Nevada, following a brief illness. Betty was born July 10, 1929, in Appleton City, Mo., to William A. F. and Lucy A. (Schenker) Bern. She married Harry B. Pratt on Nov. 16, 1952, in Prairie City, Mo., and he preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 1979.

Betty, the oldest of seven children, attended Rockville High School and graduated in 1947. When she was 14 she began work at Lyndale Train Station in Bates County for two years, followed by the State Hospital in Nevada for a number of years; she also worked in the Avon office in the Kansas City area. Betty was a homemaker and in addition helped Harry with his businesses, Nevada Hab Center, until her retirement. She enjoyed Bowling League for many years.

Betty was survived by her four children, Sondra Woody (Mike), Nevada, Mo., (who later passed away on Jan. 14, 2021), Charles Pratt Sr., Nevada, Mo., Carl R. Pratt (Roberta), Sheldon, Mo., and Ronda S. Howard (Harry), Mindenmines, Mo.; as well as 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters, Eileen Losey, North Kansas City, Mo., Doris Mills (Bob), Bartlesville, Okla., Bonnie Stair, Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Elaine Hellwig, Butler, Mo.; one brother, Charles Bern (Carol), Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, Harry; her parents; and one brother, Billy Bob Bern.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at Ferry Funeral Home, in Nevada, with Father Jim Lile officiating. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kan. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorials to the All Saints Episcopal Church are suggested and can be made in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

Those in attendance will be asked to maintain social distancing and are asked to wear face masks to protect themselves and others.

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