JoAnne Stratton, 79, of Cherokee, died Friday Oct. 12, 2007, at the Countryside Estates Nursing Home, Cherokee, following a brief illness.
Memorial Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2007, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cherokee. Rev. Armand Bertrand officiated. Burial was at the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee. There was no visitation.
JoAnne was born Dec. 25, 1927 in Kingsley, to Ray and Agnes (Bird) Dugan. She was the fourth of six children born to them. JoAnne attended school in Cherokee, and graduated from Washington High School in 1945.
She was nominated for Tomahawk Relays Queen her senior year in high school, and married Russell "Teelee" Stratton of Meriden at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on May 23, 1948. He preceded her in death in 1995.
JoAnne and Teelee lived most of their life in and around the Cherokee area. JoAnne was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
She was a Social Worker in the Psychiatric ward of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute for 15 years. While living in Des Moines she was runner-up at the Des Moines City Golf Tournament, and was also the women’s club champion at Willow Creek and Ponderosa Golf courses in the Des Moines area. After she and her family moved back to Cherokee in 1971, she won several women’s club championships at the Cherokee Country Club, and tied the course record for women that stood for years.
Her other golfing accomplishments included winning the annual Cherokee Invitational two ball several times with her husband, and once with her son. She also hit three holes-in-one at the Cherokee course, two of them in one year.
Many will also remember her for being a scorekeeper for over 40 years at the annual Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match Play Tournament held in
JoAnne was renowned for her bridge playing, and was recognized as one of Cherokee's better players. Her other hobbies included cooking and entertaining. Friends and relatives were always welcome at her
home. She was a very compassionate and kind, loving soul with an infectious smile. She loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Russell “Teelee”, brothers Donald "Bub" Dugan (1979), Ray Dugan Jr. (1992), and a sister Pat Early (1979).
She is survived by three sons, Jeff Stratton and his wife, Anna, of Des Moines; Russ Stratton and his wife, Aimee, of Jefferson, and Scott Stratton and his wife, Lori, of Ankeny; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Walton of Sarasota, Fla., and Marjorie Whitaker of Chico, Calif.; sisters-in-law LeVere Dugan and Genevieve Stratton.