Joy Pratt of Colchester passed away peacefully on July 18, 2017, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She was born in Greenfield, Mass., the eldest daughter of Leonard and Florence Pratt. Joy graduated from Greenfield High School and the University of Massachusetts.
Joy is survived by her loving daughter, Heather Blanton Kelley; by her husband, Ryan; by three grandsons Eric, Kyler and Treyson of Milton; by her siblings Bonnie Shore, Rob Pratt (Vickie), Debby, the wife of Joy’s late brother, Craig; and numerous nieces and nephews and her close neighbors Steve and Patti Schuller, who were like family to her.
Joy loved raising her daughter, Heather, providing her fun adventures and learning experiences. She later provided the same loving and positive environment with many children for over 30 years when she founded and directed the Good Ship Lollipop Daycare. Joy was a believer in starting the educational process early for children at her day care center/preschool making reading, math and art fun while taking advantage of her backyard on the Winooski River for the youngsters’ outdoor play. She particularly enjoyed her summer sessions when she took the children sailing on her boat, brought them to swimming lessons at Bayside Park and led them on numerous interesting and educational field trips.
A lifelong sailor, Joy grew up racing Lightnings with her parents, was a camp counselor at the Martha’s Vineyard Girl Scout sailing camp and loved to sail locally in her 26-foot sailboat, Stardust. She sailed her boat a great deal in the summer, most often single-handedly making to two to seven-day cruises all over Lake Champlain. Joy skied all her life with her family. Joy loved being at her ski chalet near Jay Peak and greatly enjoyed entertaining friends and family there. She was active with the Girl Scouts, a member of her mother’s Mariner troop in Greenfield, later working for the Delaware Girl Scout Council before moving to Vermont where she had the pleasure of being troop leader for her daughter. Joy also enjoyed photography, taking great pleasure in preparing photo albums of every child at her day care center each year for the parents at the annual Christmas party.
Joy was truly an independent, avid outdoorswoman, a passionate daycare provider and entrepreneur, who once she set her mind on a goal, found a way to make it happen. Besides her daughter Heather, Joy was most proud of her three grandsons Eric, Kyler and Treyson. Grandma Joy made Christmas magical, made the chalet a special wondrous place and shared the best stories. She was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Burlington and the Christian Science Mother Church in Boston.
A memorial service will be held in spring 2018.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation Joy’s memory to the Joy Pratt Memorial Bench Fund to be placed at Airport Park in Colchester where she served on the Playground Committee and where all of her daycare children have spent so much time: c/o Community Bank, 364 Main St., Winooski, VT 05404 “Joy Pratt Memorial Bench Fund” or
http://bit.ly/2xMCvRk. Thank you to Dr. Paul Unger, nurse Margaret and staff for the amazing care given to Joy during her 1.5-year battle. Heather would also like to thank friends, family and the Vermont Air Guard for their incredible support during this time.