Mary Eloise Mitchell Pratt

Published 3:52 pm Friday, March 31, 2017

Mrs. Mary Eloise Mitchell Pratt, 89, died on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at her home.

She was born May 18, 1927, in Davie County to the late Floyd and Mary Josephine Beck Mitchell. She was raised in the Bear Creek area and later in Ephesus. She was brought up farming and learning to be self sufficient. Her family values were strong and she deeply believed in the word of God. She told stories about how families would come together and help each other in tough times. She remembered when she went to Mocksville with her mother on the weekend and what a big deal that was to them especially going to the Princess Theater. In 1957, her husband started working for the CIA and they lived and traveled the world for 20 years.  Some of the places they lived and traveled were: Cypress, Germany, India, Miami, Fla.and Fairfax, Va. They decided in 1977 to move back to Mocksville, where she had called home for her last 40 years. She enjoyed spending most of her time with her family. Her life can be characterized in that she always put God and her family first.

She was also preceded in death by: her husband, to whom she was married on Sept. 2, 1950, Fred William Pratt; 2 grandsons, Justin William Bennett and Rikki John Pratt; and 4 siblings, Bill Mitchell, Era Mae Conner, Polly Foster and Duckie Peoples.

Survivors: 2 children, Suzy Bennett Fort and Scott Pratt (Janice); 2 grandchildren, Cameron Bennett (Allison) and Saxon Pratt; and a brother, Gilmer Mitchell (Sally).

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with Rev. Glenn Sellers officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

Memorials: Hospice/Palliative CareCenter, 377 Hospital St., Ste. 103, Mocksville.