Peggy Smith Pratt, 93, longtime resident of Rutland.

BURLINGTON – Margaret “Peggy” Dianne Smith Pratt, 93, passed away peacefully at The Converse Home on February 10, 2022.

Peggy was born on April 23, 1928 in Rutland, Vermont, the daughter of Esme Arthur Charles Smith and Marion Marguerite Ballou Smith. Peggy’s educational journey was primarily through Rutland schools, beginning at Miss Edith Phillips’ Nursery School – subsequently attended by her children – and leading to being part of the Rutland High School class of 1945 She then graduated in the class of 1946 from Dana Hall School, in Wellesley, Mass.

Peggy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Smith College, Northampton, Mass., graduating Phi Beta Kappa in the class of 1950. As president of the Smith College Club of Vermont, she invited professors to attend meetings and to share their academic research with members, as well as to inspire young women to consider attending college. Peggy was thrilled to keep in touch or reconnect with friends and classmates during her many reunions, including her most recent 70th for the Rutland High School Class of 1945 and her 65th for the Smith College Class of 1950.

In 1951 Peggy met and married another Rutland native, William “Bill” Arthur Pratt, MD They had seven children and remained in Rutland for their 57 years together. Peggy and Bill supported each other’s work. They loved sports; ballroom dancing; play bridge, cribbage and other card games; reading and all kinds of intellectual activities. Although very busy in their professional lives, Peggy and Bill have always found time to share their enjoyment of sports and games with their children, teaching and encouraging them to learn and excel in many areas. A natural athlete, Peggy particularly enjoyed swimming, skiing, sailing, archery, tennis and golf.

Recognized for her artistic talent, she played the piano beautifully and was a painter and sculptor. Peggy also shared these passions with her children. Peggy joined others in creating a community concert series and, in conjunction with the University of Vermont, pioneered the development of adult continuing education courses for Rutlanders.

An avid writer, Peggy joined and later served as president of the Southern Vermont branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). She was an active member of the Dana Hall and Smith College Alumnae Associations and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

A deeply spiritual person, Peggy’s faith and beliefs were expressed by living her values, bringing joy, hope and positivity to everyone she knew. Her favorite saying reflected the way she approached the world and people: “Life is about loving learning and learning to love.”

Peggy is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Smith, and her children: Randall (Nancy), Karen (Liz Hirsch), Sirivishnu (née Keith) (Satkirin) Khalsa, Dale, Dianne, Douglas and Jeffrey (Kim); his grandchildren: David (Erin), Timothy (Bonnie), Keith (Amanda) and Kayla Pratt; Ally (Jon) Bacon; Benjamin Pratt Loomis; Gurumustuk (Arjan) Khalsa; Dharam (Susanne) Lietz; Eric and Jonathan Pratt; and Kiley and Morgan Pratt; and her great-grandchildren: Thomas, Scarlet, Ariella, Narayan, Charanjeet, Anand and Joseph.

Peggy was predeceased by her father, Esme AC Smith; his mother, Marion B. Smith; her husband, William A. Pratt, MD; and Douglas’ wife, Ina Catlin Pratt.

The family would like to thank the staff and carers at The Converse Home and Gardenview, and all the friends she made there, for making Peggy’s time so special. She brought them the same love and joy they shared with her. Bayada Hospice and Dr. Eugene Moore also gave her a lot of comfort and support.

A small family reunion to celebrate Peggy’s life will be held in the spring. Arrangements are handled by the Tossing Funeral Home of Rutland, Vt. Peggy’s memories can be shared via the Rutland Herald (rutlandherald.com/obituaries/). Keepsakes in his name can be made at The Converse Home (conversehome.com/about-converse-home/make-a-donation/).◊

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