Valerie Pratt

Toni Salmonson writes. . .

I am very sad to tell you that Valerie Pratt, of Hearne Cottage, Horsington, died peacefully at home this morning, Sunday 6 August, at 9.40.  She had been suffering from motor neuron disease.  Please tell people who knew her who might not see this blog.  There will be a notice in the Blackmore Vale Magazine with details of the funeral arrangements.

We were very sorry to hear that Valerie has passed on. She was a formidable character and a much loved and respected resident of Horsington. We invite people who knew her well to post tibutes. Please contact editor@idnet.com -Ed


3 thoughts on “Valerie Pratt”

  1. Dearest Valerie…She has been a big part of our lives since the day we arrived in Horsington almost ten years ago,turning up most days to check on her sheep in our paddock…she was an indomitable force of nature whom we will greatly miss and the like of which we wont see again…RIP Valerie in a big sheep filled heavenly place xx

  2. Marcus and I knew Valerie for a comparatively short amount of time, but immediately liked and admired her. We frequently walked past her house on the way to the village, and got to know her in passing, and quickly realised what a gem she was. She was forthright, funny and very kind – as rookie country folk she always had time for our questions or would lend us her trailer. Her Dartmouth sheep – rasta sheep to us – spent some time with us, and you knew that you would always have a good conversation when Valierie was around. It was a tribute to Valerie that she had so many friends across the generations – our children regarded Valerie very much as part of the journey to school, and she will be much missed.

    We just hope that we will be sleeping out in a shepherd’s hut into our 80s.

    very best

    Penny Nagle

  3. I came to know Valerie when she started to keep her greyface dartmoors on our field. She was such a straightforward and vigorous person, until recently hopping over gates with the agility of someone half her age. We could always forecast cold weather to come when she appeared in her Balaclava! One of my happiest memories was leaning over the field gate on a lovely spring morning. Valerie explained to me the name, ancestry and prize winning features, or lack of them, of each of her beloved sheep, though I was really struggling to tell them apart. She will be much missed here in Marsh Lane.

    Janet Coles

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