H. Valeria “Buckie’ Pratt

June 13, 1918 - September 2, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 99 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Aunt

H. Valeria “Buckie” Pratt, age 99, of Kennett Square, PA, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at The Friends Home. She was the wife of Gilbert MacFarland Pratt, Sr. who predeceased her on February 10, 2006. The two shared 68 years of loving marriage.

Born at Scarlet Thicket Farm in Willowdale, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and the late Gertrude Augusta (Reyner) McCombs. Valeria was a 1937 graduate of Unionville High School. She is predeceased by a brother William McCombs and sisters Gertrude Peterson, Mary Walton, and Dorothy Cloud.

Valeria was a very dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker; her family always came first and she never missed remembering birthdays of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved cooking for and serving her family. Sunday dinners were always big enough to cover the whole kitchen table and she always made room for guests.

Valeria has been a very active member of Willowdale Chapel for a large majority of her life; she taught Sunday School, participated in volunteer work, was a member of the small missions society group, and played the piano for the church choir for a period of time.

Over the years, Valeria enjoyed weekend trips to Port Herman or Ocean City New Jersey with her sister and other family members. She loved gardening, bird watching, and observing the deer and other wildlife in her back yard.

Valeria is survived by her sons, Gilbert M. Pratt, Jr and his wife Kathleen of Strasburg, PA and Richard D. Pratt and his wife Kathy of Willowdale, PA; her daughters, Virginia Pitts and her husband Joseph of Unionville, PA and Jean L. Edwards and her husband Kemp of Greenwood, IA; her nine grandchildren; her fourteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

You are invited to join Valeria’s family and friends at her Life Celebration service on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 1pm at Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  A reception will follow at the church.   Interment will be held privately.  Memorial contributions may be made in Valeria’s name to Samaritan’s Purse (Hurricane Harvey Relief), P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina, 28607. Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square.  To view her online tribute and to share memories with her family, please visit

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Memorial Donations

Samaritan's Purse (Hurricane Harvey Relief)

PO Box 3000
Boone NC, 28607


Celebration of Life

September 8, 2017 1PM Willowdale Chapel
Kennett Campus
675 Unionville Rd.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


September 8, 2017 Private Union Hill Cemetery
Kennett Square, PA


  1. To the Pratt Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Pratt. She was such a lovely woman. She was so easy to talk to and was super friendly to our girls. We loved talking to her and visiting her in the backyard. I know the deer will truly miss her too. God Bless.

    Renee, Tom, Larne and Tomasina

    Renee Petragnania | September 9, 2017 at 2:01 PM
  2. With our deepest sympathy, we made a contibution to Samaritan’s Purse. We hope it honors your dear Mother/Grandmother. Thinking of you all! Love, The Offutts

    Hillary Offutt | September 8, 2017 at 2:44 PM
  3. I am sorry for your loss, Bucky was my Sunday school teacher and Pioneer Girl guide. She was a wonderful woman that loved God and shared His love to others. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Sherry Miller Verbeeck | September 7, 2017 at 9:02 PM
  4. I have many fond memories of Aunt Buckie and playing with Sonny and Ginny at her house all the time.
    Later on if it was lunchtime she always said, “I made extra. You have to stay.” She made you feel welcome and enjoyed preparing family meals.
    Recently Chris, Mom and I visited her at the Friends nursing home. We had a lively conversation and Mom and Aunt Buckie said how much they missed each other. Aunt Buckie did not complain and the visit ended when it was time for lunch. We will miss her.

    Chris Pratt | September 7, 2017 at 6:43 PM
  5. To Ginny and all the Pratt Family,
    Sorry to hear of Buckie’s passing but I know she lived a good long life and all of you have many fond memories. I haven’t seen anyone in years but she always had a smile and was the nicest person to talk with. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace and she is now with Gibby. Sorry I won’t be able to make it to the service tomorrow but I will be thinking of you and keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | September 7, 2017 at 5:23 PM
  6. to the pratt family sorry for your loss

    ALFRED LEWIS | September 6, 2017 at 6:47 AM
  7. Dear Carol,
    Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman!! Will be praying for you all.
    Julio and Lisa Hernandez

    Lisa Herandez | September 5, 2017 at 9:21 PM
  8. Dear Ginny and family,
    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a very, very extra special person. She always had a smile on her face and she radiated the love of Christ. Now she is with her beloved Gib, enjoying heaven! We will be with her again!

    Rhonda Molin | September 5, 2017 at 8:06 PM

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