Betty Ruth (Wheat) Stranathan
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Betty Ruth (Wheat) Stranathan, an Auburn resident for more than 57 years, peacefully passed away on April 7, 2013 in Brentwood, California surrounded by her family. She was 84 years old. The cause of death was Senile Dementia.
A native of Seal Beach California, Betty spent her early years in Southern California until her family moved to Lake Tahoe in the mid-1940's. She relocated to Auburn to complete her high school education where she graduated from Placer High School in 1947. It was during her high school days that she met and fell in love with T.E. "Jack" Stranathan. They were married in May of 1949 and lived in Auburn, where they raised their two children Marsha and Brent. After Jack's passing in 2001, Betty remained in Auburn until 2003. Then, she moved to the Bay Area to be closer to her family. She spent the rest of her life there.
Betty worked for the Bank of America for 25 years; first in the Newcastle Branch and then in Auburn. She retired from the Bank in 1984. In her youth, Betty loved to snow ski. She attempted to qualify for the 1936 Winter Olympics in the Giant Slalom. Later, Betty became an avid bowler and spent many hours with friends bowling in leagues and traveling to tournaments throughout California. After her retirement, she took up painting and leaves a series of oil and watercolor pieces as mementos. Betty was also active with others, who graduated from Placer High School. They often attended "grad-gal" events with other classmates, who were part of the Alumni Association.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Marsha, and son-in-law, Robert Barnett from Walnut Creek, California; son, Brent Stranathan and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth from Garden City, New York; and five grandsons: Michael Barnett and wife, Jessica from Pleasant Hill, California; Scott Barnett and wife, Lauren; and Eric Barnett, who reside in Walnut Creek; and Brent Stranathan, Jr., who resides in Los Angeles, California; and Blake Stranathan, who resides in Garden City, New York. Also surviving Betty are two great-grandchildren: Isabella Barnett and Benjamin Barnett.
After cremation, Betty's remains will be placed in the new Auburn Cemetery alongside her late husband, Jack.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Apr. 16, 2013