Oct. 19, 1923 — May 31, 2017
Diana M. Stratton, beloved and cherished mother, passed peacefully in the early morning of Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in her home in Seaside, Oregon, surrounded by family.
Diana lived passionately and honestly, and her greatest joy was her faith and family, which includes six children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson and her loving siblings, nieces and nephews in her homeland, Brazil.
Born on Oct. 19, 1923, in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, she was one of 10 children, with three brothers and six sisters. She first traveled to the U.S. at the age of 27 to visit her sister, who had moved to Salt Lake City. While working at Sweets Candy Factory, she met the love of her life, Eugene “Doc” Stratton. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage and life together.
Always ready for new challenges and life adventures, Diana and Doc left Salt Lake City in 1970, and moved their family to the community of St. Helens, choosing the quiet countryside of Deer Island to call home. After Doc’s passing in the fall of 2009, Diana found her new home to be in Seaside, Oregon, choosing to be closer to her two sons and their families.
Diana lived her life enthusiastically and genuinely, choosing the beauty of nature over material things, and ensuring her family experienced many vacations and excursions to hike in places such as the Mount Rainer wilderness, ski in Park City, Mount Hood and Mount Bachelor, and swim in lakes, rivers and oceans.
She enjoyed walking and flying kites on the beach, and loved attending annual sand castle sculpture competitions along the Washington state and Oregon coast. She loved to swim, and spent many years swimming laps at Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens, and made sure all her children, grand and great, took swimming lessons, and were not afraid of the water.
Diana was always a student of living life to its fullest, and even though she spoke Portuguese, one could find her teaching herself Spanish and Italian, learning how to quilt, knit, crochet and even spin her own wool. She loved music from her native Brazilian rhythms, opera to pop, and loved listening to Pavarotti, Elvis, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” John Denver and more.
We, who are left, are grateful for the eternal life memories she left from her 93 years, and will cherish these many memories, deep in our hearts.
A rosary and Mass will honor Diana’s incredibly wonderful life at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Arch Cape, Oregon, on Tuesday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions are welcome to Lower Columbia Hospice, 2111 Exchange St., Astoria, OR 97103.
Ocean View Funeral & Cremation Service of Astoria handled the arrangements.