TUSCALOOSA Jane Gillespie Pradat, age 81, died Feb. 13, 2011.
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She was born Jan. 13, 1930 in Meridian, Miss., to Gunn and Florence Gillespie. Jane graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Home Economics and was an active member of Pi Beta Phi social sorority. She married Ray W. Pradat in 1952 and they lived in Meridian until 1963, when Ray entered seminary at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.
Jane was very active in Ray's ministry as he served Episcopal parishes in the Mississippi Delta: Clarksdale, Inverness, and Cleveland. In 1973, they moved to Tuscaloosa when he was called to serve as Rector of Christ Episcopal Church. During Ray's 25-year tenure at Christ Church, Jane was active in the church in a variety of capacities, including coordinating weddings of parishioners for many years. She also worked with Bishop Furman Stough, serving as the first Secretariat of Cursillo, a spiritual movement that continues to have a strong impact in the Diocese of Alabama. In addition, Jane was the Director of the Soup Bowl, a community effort of five Tuscaloosa churches that aids the needy and the hungry.
Jane was a loving wife, supportive mother, caring friend, and true servant leader. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, the Rev. Ray Pradat; her children, R. William Pradat, Jr. (Sallie), the Rev. Paul Gillespie Pradat (Angie), and David Gunn Pradat (Becky); and five grandchildren, Marion Pradat, Hunter Pradat, and Parker, Lucie, and Gunn Pradat.
A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Christ Episcopal Church with Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. The family will receive friends immediately after the service in Randall hall.
Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 605 Lurleen Wallace Blvd. N, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, or the Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl, P.O. Box 2277, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403.
Condolences may be offered at www.heritagechapeltuscaloosa.com.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Feb. 15, 2011