|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1937|
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 2010|
Salt Lake County
I cant say I remember Joan very well, but I still have something she made for me when I was a little girl. For Christmas one year, while she was married to my grandpa's brother, Ralph Pratt, Joan and my grandma got together and made bean bags (today they are often called love sacks) for all of their grandkids. My grandma told me they had to make about fifteen to cover all Joans grandkids and all of my grandmas grandkids. At Christmas I was thrilled to get my bean bag and still have it today (I think I may be the only one to still have one out of the fifteen). They had special tags printed and sewed into the bags that reads "With love, Grandma Pratt", because they were both grandma Pratt. I remember my grandparents going places with Joan even after her divorce from uncle Ralph.
Her obituary printed in the Salt Lake Tribune on April 21, 2010 and read as follows:
Joan Reich Reading Pratt "She will be missed"
Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend passed away peacefully in her home on April 19,2010 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Joan was born March 15, 1937 to Nephi and Hazel Saunders Reich. She grew up with a loving family in Holladay, UT. She was part of the first graduating class of Olympus High in 1955. She fell in love and married Joseph Reading in April 1958. Together they raised four children. They were later divorced. She devoted the early years of her life to her children using creativity, imagination, and her wonderul spirit to make each day fun and exciting. She would invent games, sew hundred of Barbie clothes, go on adventure hikes and make banana splits for dinner all for the excitement and delight of her children. No water was too dirty for a good tadpole and frog hunt. She was an excellent cook and entertainer. She was a talented seamstress and no job was too hard. Her strive for perfection ws higly sought after. Joan enjoyed traveling, went hiking, and snowshoeing, and she really loved the company of her many dear frients. She was very generous and giving. She wa always in service to others making quilts and hats for charity. She had a close relationship with her grandchildren and they all knew they were dearly loved. Joan is servived by her children; Catherine (Jim) Pankow, Helen (Scott) Syndergaard, Eileen (Don) Hardcastle, and Russell Reading, 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, brothers: Bill (Renee) Reich and Art (Nadine) Reich as well as many close friends. Memorial service will be held Friday April 23, 2010 at 11:00 at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary 4760 So. State. Friends may gather and share memories during a visitation from 10-11 on Friday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Joan Pratt to the Utah Cancer Foundation.
May your stuggles by over and your spirit go free. I know the memories of you will live on for a long time in the hearts of those you have left behind.
Created by: Terri Brimhall
Record added: Apr 22, 2010
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