• Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home
    Jacksonville, FL
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Mary Lois Stratton 1947 - 2013

Mary Lois Stratton

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Mary was an 8th grade classmate in Callahan and a neighbor when we moved from NC to, at the time, the largest egg farm in FL. We rented an apartment from the Irvins and the Strattons lived a mile or so away in a beautiful home. Her father was a State Senator but Mary never acted 'better than'. Never did I feel less than in her presence. Mary has the distinction of driving me in her dad's Lincoln Continental FASTER than I've ever ridden before...or again. She was daring! My brother Mike thought the world of her brother Mike...they were pals until her brother Mike's untimely death. The Strattons were so kind to my widowed mother who was taking care of 4 children @ the time. I will always remember their kindness & generosity. RIP Mary Stratton. Your life has made a BIG difference to so many!
Friday, July 19, 2013
Mary has been our receptionist for 9.5 years and she was like a mother to all of us. Keeping us in line and making sure that everyone knew where we were.

No matter how she felt, no matter how much she hurt, she always came in with a smile on her face and a warm greeting. We all went thru treatments with Mary, offering support and comfort. We always looked forward to hearing great reports from her scans and we hurt with her if the scans weren't were that doctor thought they should be. With the last bought of Chemo the entire office pulled together and came up with a schedule to make sure she was eating.

Personally I always made sure that she had sweets (she had a big sweet tooth) and that she felt needed and special. Every time I was out and about I would always see something that I thought she needed. Mary loved stuffed animals that sing, so do I, so I would pick out somthing I liked and made sure that Mary had it on her desk! The last thing I got her was chicken from Hallmark that sang and laid eggs. She howled with delight and it is still on her desk!

Mary loved the gators and I was there on the day that Tim Tebow came to see her. I still see the surprise in her face when he got off the elevator. She was so proud that he had come by and prayed with her. She kept up with everything he did, and kept her picture of her and him on her desk at all times.

She also loved Chuck Norris and wanted to hang a huge picture of him in the lobby. Thankfully we kept that from happening but she always told us that if we didn't behave she would call him and he would set us straight.

She will be sorely missed by all of us, getting off the elevator at Greene Hazel will never be the same again. A personal joke between the two of us is when I took a day off and asked her if she missed me she would always say "were you gone?" Well, Mary we know you are gone and we know that you are in good hands and being well taken care of.

We love you.
Friday, July 19, 2013
I worked with Mary for several years at Regency Electric and she was always upbeat; an inspiration to everyone she met. A beautiful angel has joined the heavenly choir. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Darlene Curtiss
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