Laura L. B. Pratt, 92, of Ligonier, died January 4, 2021, at home. She was born 2/25/28, the daughter of Samuel Ross Bills and Laura Myrtle (Kinsey) Bills. She attended Latrobe High School, after which she worked at Vanadium Steel in the administrative offices before marrying Robert J. A. Pratt (deceased 2004) of Greensburg in 1955. They lived in Savannah, GA, while Robert was in the Air Force, then in Monroeville, PA, then Edgewood, PA, and finally in Ligonier, PA for the last 30+ years.
Known to many as Laura Lou, or just Lou, she was a creative, artistic, strong, and compassionate woman, active her entire life, with interests in antiquing, decorating, gardening, and painting. While in Edgewood she was active in the community garden club, including a time as President of the club. While in Ligonier she had an antique shop in her home for many years, later converting to shop space in local antique malls. Always one to volunteer or get involved, she valued her many friendships.
To Laura, family was a priority. In addition to her parents and husband, she is predeceased by her brother, Robert H. Bills. Surviving are three daughters: Darcee S. P. Purvis (spouse Todd R. Purvis deceased) of Greensburg, PA; Lilas K. P. Pratt and spouse Richard L. Hoeckendorf of Marietta, GA; and Sydney K. P. Girardi and spouse James M. Girardi of Easton, CT. Also five grandchildren: Michael J. Girardi and spouse Kathryn J. (Finger) Girardi of Hilton Head, SC; Derek R. Purvis and spouse Laura W. Barber-Purvis of Columbus, OH; Christopher S. Girardi of Branford, CT; Shane R. Purvis of Greensburg, PA; and Kinsey M. (Girardi) Bauer and spouse Timothy C. Bauer of Mechanicsville, VA. Also four great grandchildren: Karena Girardi, Michael Girardi, Guinevere Purvis, and Thaddeus Purvis. Also surviving are her nephew Dennis Pratt, spouse Lydia, and niece Pam Overton of Columbus, OH, and niece Ellen Bills of Huntingdon, WV.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions a Memorial Service is not scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her honor may be made to either the Ligonier Valley Library, 120 W. Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658, or the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market Street, Ligonier, PA 15658.
Arrangements entrusted to the Snyder-Green Funeral Home Inc. Ligonier 724-238-2611
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