Janice Eddy Pratt, 90, of Arvada, Colorado, passed away peacefully early April 26, 2018 in Berthoud, Colorado with family present.
She was born January 27, 1928 in Carthage, Missouri to Marjorie E. and William M. Eddy. Janice grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Tulsa Central High School. She attended junior college for a short time, and then airline school in Kansas City, where she trained and worked as an airline reservationist. She also worked as a secretary for Gulf Oil company in Tulsa before moving to Denver, Colorado to work for the U.S. Geological Survey where she would meet her future husband. She married Walden (Wally) Pratt on December 21, 1957 in Palo Alto, California. Although born in Missouri and living most of her life in Colorado, Janice always considered herself an "Okie." She was an active participant or member of many organizations, most notably the RMAGA geologists' wives' group, the Arvada Presbyterian Church, and an avid volunteer and supporter of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years in 2008 and by a son, David Pratt, in 2001, as well as her parents and younger sister, Betty Williamson. Janice is survived by her son, Will Pratt, of Berthoud, CO, devoted daughter, Susan Greubel (Curtis) of Cheyenne, Wyoming, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and beloved dog, Beemer.
Janice will be remembered and missed for her passion for music, art and dance. She had a talent for playing piano, especially jazz, by ear, and she regularly blessed others, including the Lutheran Hospital lounge (Wheatridge, CO) and fellow residents in her independent living center, The Wexford (Loveland, C0). Her sense of humor delighted family and friends. She loved to read and to learn the derivation of new words she encountered. She loved to watch football and cheer the Oklahoma Sooners and the Denver Broncos and, most recently, especially Peyton Manning. Although fairly private, she had an unwavering optimism and generous spirit that encouraged many friends and loved ones. These qualities were greatly inspired by her love of God and His Holy Word.
The family wishes to acknowledge those special people who enhanced the quality of life of our beloved mother in her final years, particularly the staff of the Wexford Independent Living Center, and the dedicated home health caregivers of Phoenix - Vitality Home Care. In lieu of flowers, Janice's memory may be honored with a gift to the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003.
Honoring her wishes, her immediate family held a private memorial service on Sunday, April 29, at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland, Colorado.