Born in Checkerville, Pa, Aug. 23, 1934, Joyce was a daughter of the late Ralph and Evelyn (Wood) Dunbar. She was a graduate of the class of 1953 from Troy High School. On Oct. 11, 1953, she married C. Richard Pratt in the Bakersburg Community Church. Joyce possessed a strong work ethic all her life. She was employed at Canton’s Swayze Folding Box Company for 23 years and retired upon it closure in 1996. Joyce was active in many organizations including: East Canton Baptist Union Grange, Pomona Grange, State Grange, National Grange, was a Past Matron of Golden Rod Rebecca Lodge and volunteered for the Area Agency of Aging. She enjoyed crocheting and reading. She cherished times shared with her family and attending her grandchildren’s sporting and school events.
Besides her parents and beloved husband, Richard of 65 years. Joyce was predeceased by her brothers; Thomas Dunbar, Harry "Pete" Dunbar, Ralph Dunbar, Jr., and Wayne Dunbar, two sisters in law; Linda Dunbar, Evelyn Dunbar, brother-in-law, Miles B. Pratt, and a son-in-law; Robert Brown Fulford III.
A family graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 28, in the Bradford County Memorial Park, Luther's Mills, Pa., with her Pastor, John Lattimer officiating. There are not calling hours.
The Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr. Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a donation in Mrs. Pratt’s name to the Faith Baptist Church, c/o 2307 Southside Rd. Canton, Pa. 17724. Condolences may be shared at www.pepperfuneralhome.com