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Dorothy (nee Fleming) Stratton

STRATTON, Dorothy (nee Fleming) - The family sadly announces the death of Dorothy Stratton on November 21, 2018 in Belleville, ON in her 93rd year. Dorothy is predeceased by her beloved husband Roy (1996), her brother Sam (2018), special niece Norma (2018) and nephew Bobby; Roy's sister Florence (Jack) and brother Bert (Mary), and brother-in-law (Leslie); she is survived by her much-loved sister Patricia (Bangor, N Ireland), and special sister-in-law, Audrey (Echo Bay, ON). Dorothy and Roy were proud parents of three boys, David (Lora), Derek (Lorna), and Brian (Bob); doting grandparents to James (Mary Louise), Jeremy (Gina), and Brent (Nichola); and happy aunt and uncle to many nieces and nephews both in Canada and N Ireland. A special thrill to Dorothy was long-awaited great-granddaughter, Alice (2017). Born in Belfast, N Ireland in 1926, Dorothy arrived in Canada in 1946 as a war bride, joining Roy in Kenora, ON where they quickly became an integral part of town life. In the early years, Dorothy assisted with bookkeeping in the growing RF Stratton business of service stations and auto dealerships. They were heavily involved with Knox United Church, the Lions/Lionelles clubs, along with their sons' activities. Dorothy was a key member of the Donna Club, the Bridge Club, and the Lake of the Woods Hospital Auxiliary. For 25 years, she prepared 500 pound bales of clothing for northern reserves and actively engaged in other church and town missions. Skeptical at first of the concept of a cottage outside of town, Dorothy soon grew to love their camp on the Winnipeg River. From early June to late September, camp would resonate with the laughter and activities of family and friends. Summers when her parents were visiting from Ireland added to the joy, and the year they stayed through a Canadian winter was particularly memorable. After Roy's second retirement, Dorothy and he enjoyed winters away in Maui and later, Florida, where they made many lasting friends. Dorothy and Roy enjoyed 50 years of wonderful marriage, but after Roy's passing, she moved "down east" to Picton, ON (1998) to be closer to her sons and grandchildren. Typical of Dorothy, she quickly became active in Picton United Church and the local hospital auxiliary's Second Time Around Shop, and made many friends. In 2013 she returned to Kenora with eldest son David for one last visit to the town she loved. In 2014, Dorothy decided to move to Quinte Gardens Retirement Residence in Belleville where she enjoyed participating in all the activities. She soon joined Eastminster United Church, where she participated as she was able. Dorothy was a woman of deep faith and caring. She lived out her faith in service to others. Her family has an abundance of wonderful memories. A celebration of her life will be held on November 29, 2018 at 1 pm at Steele Funeral Home in Belleville. Cremation has taken place. Interment in Kenora beside her beloved Roy will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. 13313812
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Posted by Sue Hunt (Friend) On Wednesday, December 19, 2018
My sincerest condolences go out to Dorothy's family. This was a beautiful commemoration of a lovely lady who was always so kind to me. I'll never forget her sparkling eyes, sunny disposition, and that lilting Irish accent. She was truly a wonderful human being and a blessing to all who have known her.
Posted by Dennis Wallace (Family Friend) On Monday, November 26, 2018
I am sorry to learn that Dorothy died recently. She was an important part of my youth as was Roy. I recall that she and Roy had a wonderful relationship. Their house was one of order yet it was fun, too. She had the NI lilt in her voice which remains with me yet. She and Roy influenced what I did and it was good. My condolences to David, Derek and Brian. I will remember Dorothy.
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Posted by Cathy Plessis (Stewart) (Aquatiance) On Monday, November 26, 2018
Such a beautiful picture of your mom she hadnt changed at all lovely smile loved her irish accent missed seeing her and never knew where she went to live fond memories. of the camp on sunny side rd next to Powells on the river my dad always taking your dad to the fishing spots its been so many yrs Peace and love to the family

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