Ardena Wood Pratt

Mrs. Ardena Wood Pratt, 78, of Floyd, Va., passed away at her home on May 20,

2009. Her favorite pastime was playing her guitar while singing church hymns.

She loved to cook, sew, and read; but above all else, "Ma," as she was fondly

called, cherished her family and friends. She was a kind, gentle soul who loved

God and her church family. Mrs. Pratt was preceded in death by her loving

husband of 46 years, George E. Pratt, Jr., and her precious little

great-grandson, Joshua A. Cantrell. She is survived by her older daughter and

spouse, Joan and Wes Starkey; her twin daughter and son, Jewel Phillips and

Joel Pratt, and their respective spouses, Doug Phillips and Saundra Pratt, all

of Floyd; five granddaughters, Laura (Travis) Cantrell, of Floyd; Heidi (Jason)

Harman, of Floyd; Mary Beth Starkey, of Blacksburg, Va.; Brittany Phillips, of

Wilmington, NC; and Brandy Phillips, of Floyd; her great grandchildren, Tori

Pratt-Myers, Hunter and Ryder Harman, and A.J. and Isaiah Cantrell, all of

Floyd; two sisters and their husbands, Gertrude and Coy Vipperman, and Geneva

and Carl Belcher, all of Meadows of Dan, Va.; her brother and spouse, Dwight

and Sarah Wood, of Floyd; and her sister-in-law and husband, Blanche and

Harless Wood, of Meadows of Dan, Va. Mrs. Pratt was very close to her nieces

and nephews, too numerous to mention. Funeral services will be held on

Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 2 p.m., at Conners View Primitive Baptist Church in

Meadows of Dan, Va., with interment following at the Pratt Cemetery in Floyd.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 22, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,

at Maberry Funeral Home in Floyd. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that Mrs.

Pratt's memory be honored by donations to the Joshua Cantrell Memorial

Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to Joshua's HOPE, memo: "In memory

of Ardena Pratt." Please mail to: Joan P. Starkey, 3418 Black Ridge Rd. SW,

Floyd, VA, 24091.

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