April 18, 1932-August 8, 2013
Resident of Martinez
Audrey Lorraine Pratt, 81, of Martinez, passed away on August 8, 2013 after gracefully living with metastatic breast carcinoma for two years. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. Audrey was born April 18, 1932 in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada to Ernest Leslie Plant and Catherine Patricia McTaggart. In Vancouver, she enjoyed an active childhood roller skating with her sisters, playing baseball, running on the high school track & field team, skiing on the local mountains and cycling with the Burnaby Wheelers Bicycle Club. She would often ride her bike twenty miles to her job in Vancouver where she worked as a silk screen printer at George Fleming's silk screen shop. This is where she learned the trade that would ultimately become a career at Denco Sales, a sign manufacturer and screen printers.
At 23, she married John A. Pratt and moved to Los Angeles with their friends Stan and Margaret Dann. Audrey and John had three children together, Johnnie, Kathryn and Andrea. Several years later they moved to Lafayette. For the past 25 years, Audrey lived in her quiet, comfortable home in Martinez, a setting for many family gatherings and celebratory events.
Audrey was actively involved in local community theater as a prompter, seamstress and costume designer since moving to the area in the early nineteen sixties. She worked on countless productions, primarily for the Diablo Light Opera Company, as well as Contra Costa Musical Theater and the Lesher Center for the Arts, where she was also a House Manager. Audrey served as Board President for DLOC and was happy to receive a Shellie Award in 1995 for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts in the Diablo Valley Region.
Audrey became a naturalized US citizen in 1988 and couldn't have been happier to get out and vote, work as an election official and participate in local political campaigns. She volunteered for local peace groups, advocated for intellectually disabled people through the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which included a special bond she formed with her grandson Jarred, which brought infinite joy to her life.
Audrey sat on the Pleasant Hill Arts Council for many years, championing the acquisition of public art and preservation of historic buildings. She was a strong supporter always of gay rights and was uplifted when Prop 8 was overturned. Following her diagnosis, Audrey began meditation practice, attending the mindfulness group led by Margaret Cullen at the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek and also at the Mt. Diablo Zen Group.
Audrey's generously giving and encouraging nature will be missed by all, but most especially by her children: John Pratt and his wife Carol of Vacaville, Kathryn Pratt McClean and her husband Vince of Davis, and Andrea Pratt and her fiancé Jeff Heaton of Lafayette, and by her grandchildren Jarred Pratt of Vacaville, Trevor Pratt, and Kaitlyn Pratt, both of Elk Grove. She is also survived by her three loving sisters Bernice Gerrard of Washington, Roberta Whiley, and Patricia Corrigal, both of British Columbia.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Sept. 8, 2013