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Barbara Ann Mele Pruitt, 73, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in St. Mary's Medical Center.
She was born July 22, 1944, in Lancaster/Depew, N.Y., the fourth and youngest daughter of Joseph J. and Helen V. Mele and the widow of Lester "Ike" Pruitt.
She is also preceded in death by a son, James Shaye Pruitt and two sisters, Mary Anne Pritchard and Dahlia "Bobbie" Welch.
Barbara graduated from Holy Family High School in Ashland and attended University of Kentucky and Marshall University. She was employed for over 55 years by Ashland Inc., in the Treasury/Finance Department and Records Department. She was active in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Huntington, W.Va. She was an Eucharistic Minister for Sunday Masses, President of the St. Ann's Ladies Circle and Treasurer of the Church Guild. She was a volunteer bookkeeper, maintained all the church financial records, reports to the finance committee and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston each month.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ruth Pruitt of Huntington; a sister, Helen T. Johnson of Florida; a sister-in-law, Judith Ann Smith of Kenova; a brother-in-law, Michael Welch of Lexington; four nephews, Joseph Zahn of Illinois, Brent D. Smith and Larry E. Smith Jr., of Kenova and Brad D. Smith of California; four nieces, Susan McQuery and Diana Pritchard of Lexington, Katie Propes and Victoria Pfender of Florida; and several great-nephews and nieces.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Huntington, W.Va., by Fr. Chuck McGinnis. Rite of Committal will be after a luncheon at the Church and will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Ashland.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Reger Funeral Home in Huntington, W.Va.
Condolences may be sent to regerfh.com.
Published on October 4, 2017
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