Vicki Stratton

2014-04-08T00:00:00Z Vicki Stratton The Billings Gazette
April 08, 2014 12:00 am

SCOBEY — Vicki Ann (Vanderpan) Stratton lost her lengthy battle with liposarcoma on April 4, at home, surrounded by her family.

Vicki was born in Scobey, on Jan. 4, 1947, to Walter and Eugenie (Lebel) Vanderpan and attended school in Scobey, graduating in 1965. She met Gary (Louie) Stratton while still in high school, and after graduation, she started work at Citizen’s State Bank. On Jan. 29, 1972, she and Louie were married and they moved to Columbia Falls, where they owned and operated Stratton’s Texaco for four years, and then returned to Scobey where they have resided since then.

Vicki started working part time at the Senior Citizens Center in 1994 and was appointed Center Coordinator in 2002, a position that she didn’t think of as a job, but as a privilege of taking care of her extended family. Vicki’s potlucks, dinners and holiday parties at the Center were always a joyous culinary and social event and much appreciated by everyone who attended. She loved cooking, decorating cakes, making her special donuts and baking delicious treats for her family and friends. Christmas was always a time that she would make cookies and candy for her senior citizens, family and friends. To be on the receiving end of a plate of her cookies, candy and donuts was something many looked forward to.

Vicki also loved doting on her pets, relaxing with friends on her deck, and making summer trips west to the mountains to visit family and friends. Her quick wit, delightful sense of humor and infectious laugh will be remembered and treasured forever.

Vicki is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her husband of 44 years, Louie Stratton, sisters Jill Vanderpan of Simi Valley, Calif., Janine Scott and Chuck Gatzemeier of Cut Bank (whom she loved and thought of as her own dear brother instead of her brother-in-law); nephew Jason (Jodi) Scott of Dickinson, N.D.; niece Jessica Scott of Renton, Wash.; “adopted son” Gary (Pat) Sandefer of Columbia Falls; aunts Aida Buer of Great Falls, Pattie Nelson of Spokane, Wash.; uncle Jim Buer of Scobey; goddaughter Natasha (Vatnsdal) Kotowicz of Alverado, Minn.; godson Nathan Vatnsdal of Bismarck, N.D.; and her very special friends Wayne Vatnsdal and LouAnn Wahl of Scobey.

A celebration of her life will be held at St. Philip’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m., with funeral services on Wednesday, April 9, at 11am. After the luncheon, ashes will be interred at the Vanderpan family plot in the Daniels County Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Because of Vicki’s dedication and love for animals, memorials can be made to an animal shelter of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Copyright 2015 The Billings Gazette. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Be the first to sign the guestbook.

Comment policy

We provide this forum for readers to exchange ideas and opinions on the day's news. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name-calling, crude language and abuse are not. You must be logged into a personal account on Facebook to comment (FAQ). Readers are responsible for their comments and abuse of this privilege will not be tolerated. We reserve the right, without warning or notification, to remove comments and block users we determine violate our Terms of Service. Comments reflect the opinions of the author - not those of The Billings Gazette or its parent company.

Sign Guestbook
You must Login to sign the guestbook.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

More from the Gazette

Giles Kallenbach

15 hours ago(0)
June R. Grill

June R. Grill

15 hours ago(0)

William 'Bill' Lillibridge

April 23, 2015 6:30 pm(0)
Mason Alexander Newton

Mason Alexander Newton

April 23, 2015 1:35 pm(0)

Leon A. Paulson

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(0)
Earl ‘Andy’ Andersen

Earl ‘Andy’ Andersen

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(0)

James Francis Fischer

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(0)

Dale Dunnihoo

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(0)

Clyde Soper

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(1)
Anthony ‘Tony’ Hruska

Anthony ‘Tony’ Hruska

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(0)

Sergey 'Sid' Mentikov

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(0)

Alma Schepens

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(0)

Ann Stafford

April 23, 2015 6:30 am(0)

Follow The Billings Gazette

Popular Stories

The Billings Gazette obituaries, delivered to your email inbox daily.

Get weekly ads via e-mail

Deals & Offers

Featured Businesses