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(February 28, 1937 - November 17, 2013)

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Arlene Joyce Stratton, 76, of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013, at home.

Born February 28, 1937, in Gulliver, Michigan, the daughter of John and Anna (Walker) Ring, Arlene was a 1955 graduate of Oregon High School and a 1958 graduate of Chicago Wesley School of Nursing.

Arlene worked as a registered nurse for the Dixon State School; after moving to DeKalb, she became the assistant director of nursing, then director of nursing at DeKalb Public Hospital from 1969-1972. After retiring from that hospital, Arlene continued her medical career managing various physicians’ offices and Tri-County Health Care.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Stratton (John) White of Warrenville; sons, Sydney (Paige) Stratton Jr. of DeKalb and Steven (Kay) Stratton of Williams Bay, Wisconsin; brother, Earl Ring of Gulliver, Michigan; sisters, Leona (John) Gailbreath of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Catherine (John) Beal of Leander, Texas; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; several nieces and nephews; and her children’s father, George Stratton Sr.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford (Betty) Ring and Charles (Evelyn) Mann; and two sisters, Clara (Clifford) Benwill and Elenore (Harley) Brock.

The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Jonathan Hutchison of First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date at Daysville Cemetery, Oregon. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Arlene Stratton Memorial Fund, or Kishwaukee College Nursing Scholarship, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.

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