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Lois Stratton

August 1, 1921 — September 16, 2014

Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and good friend, Frankie Stratton left us peacefully at Heritage Homes in Kalispell, on September 16, 2014.  She was born to Rev Frank B Hillis and Alice Hillis in Kalispell, MT on August 1, 1921.  As a "preachers daughter" Frankie spent much of her youth traveling around north west Montana, singing, playing the piano and helping with church services.  She also excelled in music at Flathead County High School, earning many honors.  On November 27, 1942, she married Ellwood (Al) Stratton in Seattle, WA where he was working during WWII. After the war, they returned to the Flathead Valley, and after living in various "cabins" and a tent, they built their log house with logs from their sawmill. Frankie was a stay at home Mom all her life with many interest.  Playing the piano and organ, seamstress, church leader and teacher, and artist.  She sold many paintings of Indians and scenery over the years, and in 1970 was featured with other artists, in the publication "Montana's Own".  Frankie and Al moved around Montana following road construction from 1961-1977.  In 1977 they settled in Dillon.  Keenly aware of those in need, they helped form "Helping Hands", quietly gathering clothes, food, funds and emotional support for many people.  She lived her convictions in her everyday life, and always took a stand for right.  Frankie worked side by side with Al for 67 years, raising their daughters - always there to lend a hand, a shoulder, or an ear to their family, friends, and a large extended family.  She was preceeded in death by her husband Al, parents, and sister Jane.  The memories of Frankie will always be remembered by those who survive: her daughter Susan (Fred) Rebish, Dillon, Mary (John) Semmens, Polson, grandchildren Tracey (Kendra) Rebish, Missoula, Katherine (Bob) Hupp, Dillon, Jason Semmens, and Rachael (Myles) Heivilin, Colorado, six great-granchildren, numerous nieces and nephews including Jean (Ron) Levang, Norma Williams, Sandy Lovell, a friend since childhood, Dale Keller (Joan) and a former neighbor, Donn Bolog, Bothel, WA - all considered family.  Frankie was a fiesty, loving mother, grandmother and friend who you could call on any time day or night.  Her passing leaves a huge void in our lives, but a wonderful model to follow.
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