Judy’s obituary – long overdue. Judy Pratt, longtime Downey resident, passed away in her home on October 28, 2012 at the age of 69 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Judy was born on July 5, 1943 in Whittier, CA. to Alvin and Dorothy Pratt. She graduated from South Gate High in 1961 and Long Beach State College in 1965 with a BA in Education and earned an Elementary Teaching Credential.
Judy had a gift of love for children and teaching. She taught at State Street Elementary School in South Gate for 37 years. She loved teaching all 1st through 6th grade classes and especially enjoyed teaching the gifted.
Judy was a leader and a community volunteer throughout her life holding many positions of leadership in her home church Downey Memorial Christian, AAUW, JR Women’s Club, Fail-Safe 4 Felines, SGHS ’61 Reunion Committee and a AARP Income Tax Preparer and Area Coordinator.
Judy had a very special place in her heart for cats. Her closet was full of cat shirts many she made herself. Her home was full of cat trinkets but her biggest love was for her own beloved cats.
Judy’s struggle with Parkinson’s was an inspiration to those around her. It gives her family peace knowing she is now pain free and at rest but she is deeply missed so very much.
A celebration of Judy’s life was held on Nov 17, 2012 at Downey Memorial Christian Church. She is survived by brothers Bob Pratt (Lynell) and Larry Pratt (Judy), sister Twyla Contreras (Ray) and all her beloved nieces and nephews. Her parents, brother Craig Pratt, his wife Mary Lou, their son Chris and nephew Michael Duarte preceded her in death.
Judy’s love for adventure seemed to even come true the day we scattered her ashes at sea. As we circled the flowers we placed with her ashes two dolphins appeared and swam among them. As her niece said – “Aunt Judy’s last adventure was to swim with the dolphins!”
Published: Oct. 23, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 28