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Obituary: Olivia Fernandez White Pratt, 1937-2015, New Smyrna Beach, FL 

Published September 15, 2015 at 4:00 a.m. | Updated September 15, 2015 at 1:43 p.m.

Olivia "Libby" Fernandez Pratt of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and previously of Vermont, died September 11, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida at the age of 78. She was born in Forest Hills, New York, the much loved daughter of Efigenio and Luisa (Quintana) Fernandez, and grew up in New York City. She was a brilliant student and spent her school days in classes for the gifted, graduating high school at 16. She dreamed of raising many children, horses, dogs and farm animals, and gardening in the country, and that is what brought her to Vermont. Many knew her as Libby, and her grandchildren called her "Grandma Libby".

She was articulate, creative and well read, and did the NY Times crossword puzzle daily. She kicked ass at Scrabble and you never wanted to get in a debate with her about politics or history, as she would always win, or at least outwit you. She was well known for rescuing countless dogs, sea turtles and teenagers, and feeding feral cats, as well as breeding and showing Bull Terriers. Many knew and admired her for her social work in both Vermont and Florida, as she touched many people’s lives.

She was a dynamic and loving woman, and sadly an obituary doesn’t come close to honoring her. She will be greatly missed by her children and their partners, Lori (White) and Peter Ebare, Edward White and Wendy Hoare, Michelle (White) and Robert Lee, Amy (White) and Fabian Bourgeois, Elizabeth and Russell White-Montour, and Jenny and Ben Brinker, and many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as her siblings Michael Fernandez, and Susan and Jeff Armstrong, 3 nephews, and her faithful companion Star. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Philip Pratt, her father and mother, and her nephew Jesse Armstrong. A memorial tribute will be held on September 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Upper Meehan Road, Starksboro, VT. To contact the family: In lieu of flowers those who wish to honor her memory may donate to: Best Friends Animal Society in Utah,

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