ATWOOD -- Rosa Pearl (Ferguson) Pratt, 93, died Wednesday (July 2, 2003) at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood.
She was born Dec. 26, 1909, in Graham County near Hill City, Kan., to James Thomas and Emma Virginia (Carson) Ferguson. She attended rural grade school and graduated from Morland High School in 1928. She then attended Fort Hays State College during the summer months, after which she taught in a rural, one-room grade school in Graham County for five years.
On Sept. 24, 1933, she married Jesse Pratt at Morland, Kan. She was a homemaker, professional seamstress and she and her husband operated Pratt Brother's General Merchandise/Grocery Store in Studley, Kan., until 1953. From 1955, they owned and operated the Jayhawk and Drive-In theaters in Atwood for 17 years. In her later years, she worked at the Snack Shack in Atwood.
She was a member of the Atwood United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, a 69-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Radiant Chapter No. 229, and was a former member of Atwood Women's Club and Harmony Extension Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Pratt on June 19, 1978; a stillborn child; an infant son, Thomas Paul; brothers, Leland and Ernest Ferguson; and a sister, Esther Pearce.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia and husband, Harold Kraus of Hays, Kan., and Margaret Wilhelm and husband, Fred of Cheyenne, Wyo.; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today, 11 a.m., at the Atwood United Methodist Church with the Rev. Terry McGuire officiating. Interment was at the Studley Cemetery at Studley, Kan. Concluding rites were conducted by the Order of Eastern Star Radiant Chapter No. 229 at the church following the funeral service.
Memorials may be given to the Atwood United Methodist Church, Atwood Good Samaritan Center or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Brantley Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.