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Vega Karolina Pratt
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Vega Karolina Pratt  
Vega K. Pratt, 87, died Sept. 19, 2002, in Homer. No services are planned.

Vega Karolina Pratt was born April 13, 1915, in Lofall, Wash. She lived in the Puget Sound area on Hood Canal with her parents, Gustav and Maren Anderson, her older brother, Virgo, and her younger brother, Fred. In the spring of 1923, the family moved to Seldovia with the Nels O. Svedlund family. In 1924, the two families moved to Homer, established adjoining homesteads, and built identical log houses.

Vega spent much of her childhood involved in homestead and subsistence activities such as helping with the fox farm and dog team, hunting, gardening, canning and hauling coal and firewood.

As a teenager, Vega started to work the cannery circuit in Homer, Port Graham, Seldovia and Snug Harbor. While working in Seldovia, Vega met her future husband, Sam Pratt. They married in 1936. Sam and Vega settled in Homer and built their home on Pioneer Avenue, a building now called The Pratt House. Next door, they added a building to house Vega's Art and Gift Shop, an outlet for their artistic and creative endeavors, which they operated for many years. Later, she worked at a local fish processor for several years, retiring while in her 70s. In 1984, Vega moved to a new house built on the homestead where she grew up.

Vega will be remembered for her love of outdoor activities and animals, tremendous work ethic, fun-loving spirit and laughter. She loved walks on the beaches of Kachemak Bay and celebrating holidays, especially Halloween.

Vega is survived by her nephew, Rick Anderson, and his wife, Marti; and her niece, Maren Bennett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, and brothers Virgo and Fred. The family suggests that any memorials in her name be sent to Homer Animal Friends Building Fund P.O. 2300 Homer, Alaska 99603.