Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


Barbara Pratt White

February 8, 1915October 16, 2019

East Orleans, MA. - Barbara Pratt White (February 8, 1915- October 16, 2019) died peacefully in her family home. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Frederick Ashton Pratt and Mary Isabelle LaForce. She grew up in Chatham, NJ and later moved to Annapolis, MD with her husband, John Howell White. Together they raised five children and opened their homes in Annapolis and East Orleans to many young people who became members her “family”. Barbara is predeceased by her husband John Howell White and her sister, Priscilla Pratt Bessette of Wareham, MA.

She is survived by her children, David Pratt White (Carol) of South Hadley, MA, Carol Baldwin Odell (Tom) of Chatham, MA, Steven Pratt White (Karen) of Brewster, MA, John Howell White, Jr. (Kate) of Philadelphia, PA and Mary Ashton Lyttle (David) of East Orleans, MA and their families: 9 grandchildren, Amy, Heidi, Ben, Alison, John, Christy, Neil, Phoebe and Ben and 18 great-grandchildren. There will be a private celebration of her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Planned Parenthood (www.plannedparenthood.org) or Namequoit Sailing Association (www.namequoitsailing.org). For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


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Douglas Higgins

November 10, 2019

Barbara and her deceased husband, John, along with their children, were always kind and thoughtful to me as I grew up not far from their home in East Orleans.

I mourn Barbara and John's passing....


Namequoit Sailing Association Commodore

October 27, 2019

On behalf of all the members, past and present, of the Namequoit Sailing Association, I offer condolences to the White family, but more importantly we offer gratitude for her life and contributions to our intrepid band of Pleasant Bay sailors! As one of our founding members, she will always be remembered in the smiling faces of all those young people who set sail for the first time and in the faces of adults who enjoy a “day on the bay.”

Very best regards,

Jeff Williams