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Joyce Marie Pratt

December 08, 1946 - May 27, 2013

In Loving Memory

Joyce Marie Pratt (born Evans), aged 66, died peacefully on May 27, 2013 at the Swedish Medical Hospital in Issaquah, Washington, after a brief struggle with breast cancer. Joyce was born December 8, 1946, in Shreveport, Louisiana, the daughter of James Ford and Betty Hoskey. Joyce graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended Grambling State University, where she graduated with a BA degree in French and English in 1969.

In 1968, Joyce married the love of her life, Walter Pratt, Jr., in Shreveport, Louisiana. She began a long and successful career in education after their marriage, by student teaching in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Upon Walter’s completion from the United States Air Force, Joyce and Walter relocated to Chicago, Illinois. Joyce found a full time position teaching with the Chicago Board of Education for the next 25 years. She retired from the Chicago Board of Education and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where she was offered a full time position with the Clark County School District. She retired from CCSD after 15 years of teaching.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 45 years, Walter Pratt, Jr., daughter, Tawan A. Pratt-Wieburg, son, Corey O. Pratt, son-in-law, Brett M. Wieburg, daughter-in-law, Pamela Pratt, grandkids, Mackenzie K. Wieburg (Bones), Dominic K. Wieburg (Dom) mother, Betty, sister, Jean Johnson, half brother, Vertis Hoskey, Jr., two nieces, Savitra Johnson, and Demetrice Wheeler (Dee Dee), and two nephews, Demetrus and Sterling Johnson. She also leaves behind many loving relatives and friends. Her father and brother (James Earl Evans) preceded her in death.

Family and friends were Joyce's passion and delight. She grew up spending summers on Cedar Street, with her sister, Jean Johnson, and her cousins, Johnny Phelps, Larry Phelps, Bill (Billy) Phelps Jr., and Gerald Phelps. After marriage she loved to host and entertain, and frequently had parties at her house. Joyce enjoyed tennis and taught her husband how to play. She enjoyed decorating the house and shopping. A consummate mother and homemaker, Joyce was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Over the years she collected a large library of books. She was also a sports fan and enjoyed attending and watching football and basketball. Joyce was a member of the Evergreen Bath and Tennis Club in Chicago, Illinois. She would get up and play at 6 a.m. twice per week before she went off to teach school.

Funeral Information

Joyce requested a private burial and funeral. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her illness.

Donations Information

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Donations Link:

American Cancer Society