Mary S. Pratt
February 20, 1923 – July 25, 2020
Mary Skoro Pratt passed away Saturday July 25, 2020 in Grayson, Georgia at age 97. Born February 20, 1923 to Anton and Reva Skoro, she was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. Mary learned the value of hard work and frugality as a child on her family farm in Emmett, Idaho. There was always work to be done, and after her father passed away in a mining accident when she was 13, Mary was in charge of the house and her 3 brothers.
After high school, Mary moved to live with her Aunt Sara and Uncle Vern Yates. Their influence changed her life. While attending Brigham Young University she met a handsome sailor named Parker Pratt on a blind date. Years later, after Parker’s discharge from the Navy, they were married in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mary supported Parker through his schooling at Utah State, Iowa State and Ohio State. After completing his PhD, they settled in Riverside where Parker taught at the University of California, they raised 4 children and lived for the next 53 years. For the last 8 years, Mary has lived in Georgia with her daughter Koleen.
Mary was an avid reader, excellent cook and seamstress. She taught sewing in 4-H and took tailoring classes at RCC. She loved to work in her rose garden and was active in the Riverside Rose Society. Mary loved chocolate and nuts. A chocolate chip cookie had to have as many nuts as chocolate chips or it was not acceptable!
Parker and Mary had many opportunities to travel. The family lived for a year in Brazil, which she loved; but her favorite was a car trip from Switzerland to Croatia. In Croatia she met her uncles, gathered family history and learned about her father’s culture. She always said the Adriatic Coast was the most beautiful in the world.
Mary was very active in her church. She served as President of the Relief Society (the women’s organization of the church) three times. She diligently ministered to those in her care and made lots of bread and cooked many meals that were not for her family. She transcribed over 100,000 names from handwritten historical documents into searchable electronic format, a task she loved and continued until she was well into her 90’s.
Surviving are her children, Craig (Deanna), Koleen Shaw, Kathleen Hyde (George), daughter-in-law, DeeAnn Pratt, 19 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charles, Tony and Boyd, son Von and son-in-law, Larry Shaw.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504 with visitation at 9 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humanitarian Aid Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AchesonandGraham.com for the Pratt family.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Mary S. Pratt
Laura Letey Petersen
August 1, 2020
Growing up 1 house away from Pratt's I spent many hours and often visits in the home and backyard. There are so many times my family benefited from the association with Mary and family. My mom would send me to Mary if she couldn't or didn't know something I needed help with. Kathleen and I were the same age and played together as children. My favorite game to play at the Pratt's was Mousetrap. I was in awe of the things I observed from Mary and the love I felt from her while in her presence. Her home always had the smell of baked bread and other yummy goodies. I know she is happily reuniting with family and friends of the 4th Ward who have gone before her. She will never be forgotten and I will be happy to see her again in the future. May loving memories ease the family sorrow at this time.
July 30, 2020
She and Parker were just about the nicest people I ever met.
We won a contest once which was a dinner at her house. She really went all out to make us feel welcome and liked.
I missed her a lot when we moved away.
July 30, 2020
I have so many good memories of my friendship with Mary.
She shared her good salsa recipe with me which I just made a few days ago.
She taught me a lot about on line family history, especially indexing,
and she shared her expertise with roses.
She was a beautiful woman inside and out...always.
July 29, 2020
Marvelous sweet woman! I lived two houses from this great Pratt family. Mary was always so happy, and bubbly for life, and had great food, and the best memory is that she made my sweet, simple, gorgeous wedding dress!