The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Shirley W. Pratt


Shirley passed away June 28, 2017 in Colfax, WA. She was born May 25, 1930 to Otis and Mildred (Lupro) Wright in Eugene, OR. Preceded in death by her parents, one sister Betty Lou Hall, her husband of 61 years Milton Pratt, two sons David and Douglas. Shirley leaves behind one brother, Don (Susan) Wright. Two children Richard (Diane) Pratt of Richland, WA, and Diane (Dennis) Solbrack, Colfax, WA. 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Shirley graduated from Wahkiakum High School, Cathlamet, WA, and Washington State College. Milt and Shirley spent two years in England while Milt was in the United States Air Force. After the service, they came home to the family farm at Rockford. While raising four kids, she went back to school at Eastern Washington College and earned her teaching degree which she followed with a Master's Degree. Her first teaching job was at Fairfield Grade School. After moving to Tekoa in 1969, she taught at Tekoa Grade School. After retiring from full time teaching, she taught part-time at Oakesdale Grade School. Besides her family, teaching was her passion, especially teaching kids to read. She taught for 42 years, enjoying every moment.

She was active in Chapter AT, PEO, Tekoa, book club, and later in the Birthday Club in Rockford. She moved to Colfax and joined the Hill Ray Plaza Family after Milt's death in 2013.

Inurnment will be at Rockford Cemetery July 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with a Memorial Service at the Colfax Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rockford Cemetery, Hospice, or to the donor's choice. Schanzenbach Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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