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Phyllis Isabel Pratt

December 12, 1939 November 23, 2018
Phyllis Isabel  Pratt
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Obituary for Phyllis Isabel Pratt

Phyllis Isabel Pratt, age 78, of Riverton, Wyoming died on November 23, 2018 at Help for Health Hospice in Riverton, Wyoming. In fulfillment of Phyllis’ wishes, no visitation, funeral, memorial, or graveside services will be held. Cremation has occurred. A Mass Intention will be offered for Phyllis at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander, Wyoming, Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8:00 am.

Phyllis Isabel Pratt was born December 12, 1939 to Samuel Deitelbaum and Anna Rebecca Kenigsberg in Chicago, Illinois (Cook County). Phyllis’ parents were immigrants from Chmielnik Russia in the late 1920’s. She was the youngest of four children (older siblings were Lou, Ben, Hope). Phyllis grew up in the near north side of Chicago in her family’s apartment. She had fond memories of walking to and from school with her beloved cousins during her childhood. She graduated High School in the Class of 1957 from Sullivan High School. Her early jobs included working at the local theater, driving a taxi, and driving a school bus. She learned to drive on a Packard (with no power steering!). She married Earl Pratt in 1962 and they had two children: Bruce and Melissa. In 1993, Phyllis and Earl were divorced and in 1998 Phyllis married Richard (Dick) Schneider. (Dick passed away in February 2017.)

After earning a Master’s Degree in Literature in 1975, Phyllis taught English at the college and high school levels. Phyllis moved many times: She grew up in and lived in Chicago from 1939-1984. In 1984 she moved to L’Anse, Michigan; in 1986 moved to Claremont, California; in 1992 moved to Las Vegas, Nevada; in 1995 moved to Blue Island, Illinois; in 2000 moved back to Las Vegas, Nevada; in 2002 moved to Lander, Wyoming; in 2003 moved back to Las Vegas, Nevada where she stayed until October 2018. In October 2018 Phyllis moved to Riverton, Wyoming to be close to her grandkids and daughter, Melissa. Phyllis’ hobbies included watching old movies, English literature, playing Scrabble, playing Contract Bridge, and spending time with family.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Anna, older brothers Lou and Ben, and her second husband, Richard Schneider. She is survived by her children, Bruce and Melissa (husband Gregory Bautz), her four grandchildren (Jenny, Theresa, Henry and Andy), her first husband (Earl), her sister (Hope) and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Memorials, condolences, inquiries can be sent to Phyllis’ daughter, Melissa Bautz, at

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