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Josephine M. "Josie" Stratton

Josephine M. "Josie" Stratton, age 98, of Kadoka, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 16, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Lois Pettyjohn, pianist, Boyd Porch, Carl Bauman and John Kaiser, vocalists. Ushers were Teresa Christensen and Jody Vander Molen. Pallbearers were Doug, Bill, Dick and Jim Stratton, Bill Lewis and Wes Enders.

Interment was in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Josie M. Overman was born February 4, 1909, at Crookston, NE, the daughter of Reuben and Laura (Hoffman) Overman. She grew up north of Crookston on a farm and attended school at the Rock School north of Crookston. Josie came to Washabaugh Co. in 1926 to work for the Chester Searby family.

Josie was united in marriage to Bill Stratton on April 11, 1928, in Winner, SD. They farmed and ranched in Washabaugh Co. until retiring and moving to Kadoka in 1974.

Her husband, Bill, preceded her in death on May 29, 1980. Josie continued to make her home in Kadoka, and in 1994, she moved into the Gateway Apartments. In February 2004, after breaking her leg, Josie moved into the Kadoka Care Center, where she has since resided.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kadoka, the Wanblee Ladies Aid, and the Kadoka Lions Club for a few years.

Josie enjoyed crocheting, making quilt tops and hand quilting them, embroidery work and she never missed a chance to play Bingo. She was a good wife, mother, grandmother, and neighbor.

Survivors include five sons, Jim Stratton of Hot Springs, Jay Stratton and his wife, Jean, of Loveland, CO, Joe Stratton and his wife, Betty Lou, of Kadoka, Stanley Stratton and his wife, Mary, of Edmund, OK, and Gary Stratton and his wife, Janet, of Hays, KS; one daughter, Elaine Staben of Bozeman, MT; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Bill, Josie was preceded in death by a son, John William "Jack" Stratton on September 25, 1983; two grandsons, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, her parents, six sisters and five brothers.

A memorial has been established. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome. com.