TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Margaret June “Peg” Pratt, longtime resident of Twin Falls, Idaho and formerly of Oakland, Md, and Webster Springs, W.Va., passed away on Jan. 14, 2017 in Twin Falls. She was born on May 22, 1926 in Webster Springs (also known as Addison), to Richard F. and June (Wooddell) Marsh. Always an outstanding student, she graduated third in her class at Webster Springs High School and then attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and the University of Virginia.
In 1952, she married Thomas J. Pratt of Kitzmiller, Md. While residing in Oakland, Md., Peg was employed at the Garrett County Welfare Board, the Garrett National Bank, and the First National Bank of Oakland. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and sang in their choir for years. In 1968, she moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, and began a career in the insurance field, working for the J.R. Simplot Company and for Sierra Life Insurance. Peg was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and sang in their choir, also. At more than one midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the crowded and silent congregations were in awe of her solo singing of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Peg belonged to the Twin Falls Audubon Society and a star-gazing group. She was an expert on birds and astronomy. A prodigious reader, her entire book collection was donated to the Twin Falls distribution center of the Idaho Youth Ranch. Her sense of humor kept us laughing in good times and bad, and we were strengthened by her always positive outlook.
Peg was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Mary Ruth Treacy Babbitt, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and a beloved aunt, Kathryn “Kitty” Gonder, of Oakland, Md.
She is survived by her son, Joseph, of Boise, Idaho; her daughter, Betsy Nickels, her grandson, Andy (Shambray) Nickels, her two great-grandsons, Brayden and Drew Nickels, all of Idaho Falls, Idaho; an uncle, Dr. Hopwood (Karen) Wooddell, of Mt. Lake Park, Md.; one niece, eight nephews, and several cousins.
Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and her ashes will be scattered at the Hagerman Wildlife Refuge and interred at the Twin Falls Cemetery, next to her parents. A private service will be held at the cemetery later. Arrangements are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave E., Twin Falls, Idaho 83301. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Audubon Society, or Idaho Public TV, or the charity of your choice.
Peg’s family is very grateful for the excellent care she received at Bridgeview Nursing Home. One of the wisest things Peg said was, “All life is a preparation for death, because death is the door to eternal life.” If you knew her, and want to honor her memory, go outside on a clear night, and holding the hand of someone you love, be amazed at the magnificent stars that God made for us.