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Janet  Laine Pratt
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Obituary for Janet Laine Pratt

Rich Valley, VA

Janet Laine Pratt completed her homegoing after a courageous battle with dementia on the morning of January 17th. Janet was one of those extraordinary individuals who, without fanfare, contributed significantly to her community.
Janet was the second child born to Marion Thompson and Nina Kate Buchanan Pratt. Janet grew up on the family farm in Rich Valley along with her brother and sisters, Marion Griffin, Stuart (Dreama), Eleanor Wassum (Richard), Linda DiYorio (John) and Jane Clark (Charlie). She is also survived by nine nephews, two nieces, and sixteen great nieces and nephews.
Janet was an educator and faithful servant to her community from the beginning. While attending the New Cove School, a one room schoolhouse, she taught the younger children to read. After taking care of the 5AM milking, she attended Rich Valley High School, and graduated Valedictorian, just like her mother.
Following her path of academic excellence, she was the Valedictorian of her class at Marion College. Janet received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The Medical College of Virginia and Masters Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
She continued her life of selfless service as a Registered Nurse at Roanoke Memorial, Norfolk General, the University of Cleveland, and Wythe County Community Hospital . Janet returned to the family farm to care for her family. Her academic excellence turned to excellence in teaching as she spent over 30 years teaching hundreds of nursing students at Wytheville Community College, where she expected near perfection from her students. They may have thought she was tough while students, but appreciated her guidance once they began practicing their profession. WCC honored Janet with the Distinguished Teacher Award, Outstanding Community Service, and Professor Emeritus.
Janet was a member of the National and Virginia Leagues for Nursing and served as the Secretary for the Virginia League. She was a member of the American and Virginia Nurses Associations.
Janet helped her mother raise her younger siblings after they lost their father very early. She also cared for all 11 of her nieces and nephews. She brought them to the farm for weekends where they played and learned to take care of the house and farm. She took them on walks through the farm and up the side of the mountain making Rich Valley as special to them as it was to her. Janet traveled to each of her nieces’ & nephews’ homes when they became parents and helped take care of all the new babies.
Janet’s love for children extended beyond her own family. She drove throughout Locust Cove to pick up children to take to church on Sunday mornings. In the summer, she filled her car with children and drove them to Bible School every night for the week. Sometimes, she made multiple trips to make sure all of the children could attend.
Continuing in her calling to serve, Janet joined the Army Reserves in 1986. A First Lieutenant, she was activated and served in the 912th MASH unit in Operation Desert Storm. While in the Middle East, as in Rich Valley, she took care of the medical needs of the local children. Janet was awarded 2 Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal during her service.
Her servants heart shined through as a lifetime member of Locust Cove Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder and Clerk of the Session. She spent Saturdays cleaning the church and preparing for services. She brought fresh flowers, often cut from her own garden to place on the alter. She opened the doors to the church every Sunday morning. Janet planned the annual Bible School and directed many Christmas Eve services. Janet orchestrated many of the events at Locust Cove like that annual Homecoming.
Visitation will take place at 11:00 on Saturday, January 20 at Locust Cove Presbyterian Church. A celebration of Janet’s life will follow at 1:00 with Dr. John DiYorio and Rev. Andy Parkey officiating. Interment will follow immediately after at Ridgedale Cemetery. Janet’s nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff of Commonwealth Senior Living at Abingdon and their Memory and Dementia Care community for their loving care of Janet for the past two years We also appreciate the staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital and their caring and compassionate Hospice Care staff.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janet’s memory to the Nursing Department at Wytheville Community College.
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The D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville, VA is honored to be serving the Janet Pratt family.

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Locust Cove Presbyterian Church

5762 Bluegrass Trail
Saltville, VA 24370

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Ridgedale Cemetery

Saltville, VA 24370


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