Sep 272015


Fay Stratton

     Fay Stratton, 99, passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at the Carriage House in Snowflake. Viewing and visitation will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Sept. 25) at the Main Street Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 48 N. Main St. in Snowflake. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Main Street Chapel. Interment will follow at the Mike Ramsay Cemetery in Snowflake.

She was born Oct. 24, 1915, in Pine to Frank Campkin Randall and Lucinda Helen Leavitt Randall. She was one of 12 children.

While visiting relatives in Winslow, she met Ralph Marion Harris. They were married in 1935 and made their home in Holbrook, where they started their family. They were blessed with four children, Marion, Kay, Monty and Marjory. In 1957, her first husband Ralph was killed in an automobile accident. Fay spent the next nine years raising her family and working for Whiting Brothers Oil Company in Holbrook.

In 1966, Fay was reacquainted with a high school friend, Lynn (Curley) K. Stratton, who was recently divorced, and they were married in June of that year. She was thrilled when Lynn brought his four children, Barbara, Shirley, Dan and Steve, into the family. Curley, Fay and family spent many wonderful years together. Curley passed away in 2005.

Following is a list of the most important priorities and accomplishments in her life:  family; serving others; friendships; loved cooking; gardening; sewing; quilting; sports; reading; canning and bottling for everyone; travelling; fishing; and National Finals Rodeo.

She was a lifetime member of the LDS church, serving in Relief Society and Young Women, and had a special place in her heart for her young women.  Fay was called as a missionary to work with the youth in the Arizona Southwest Indian Mission.

Survivors include sons Monty (Joy) Harris and Steve (Verlyn) Stratton of Snowflake, and Dan (Iris) Stratton of Lehi, Ariz.; sons-in-law Keith DeWitt of Holbrook and Larry Whipple of Show Low; daughters Marjory (Dennis) of Scottsdale and Shirley (Hartley) of Nebraska; 23 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Erma Blackburn of Pine.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Marion Harris, and her second husband, Lynn Curley K. Stratton; daughters Marian DeWitt, Kay Harris and Barbara Whipple; grandson Kevin DeWitt; great-grandchildren Garrett Lynn Smith, Brett Dewitt, Kaycee and Laurel DeWitt.

Owens Livingston Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.