The world has lost a most incredible woman. Marit Stratton, 58, of Ramona, CA, was called home to be with her Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, May 16, 2012.|
Marit was born on July 9, 1953, to Jacob and Liv Richardsen in Tromso, Norway. At the age of 7 she moved with her parents and sister, Grete, to Chicago, IL, speaking only Norwegian. Marit met her best friends in elementary school and they would prove to be a source of support, joy and laughter throughout her life.
Her first two high school years were spent in Illinois at Hinsdale Township High. Her junior year, she showed her strength, independence, and sense of adventure by heading to Bogenhofen, Austria, where she learned to speak German. She finished high school at Hinsdale Central in 1971. After attending Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI, for two years, Marit moved west to California where she graduated in 1975 from Loma Linda University in Riverside, CA, with her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy. She married Kim Stratton in December 1979. After a brief residency in Northern California, they put down roots in Ramona, CA, where Marit began her family and her own Physical Therapy practice. She loved helping people recover, not just physically, but made the extra effort to help them heal emotionally. She always listened. Upon retiring from Physical Therapy, she went on to teach special needs children.
Marit lived her life emulating true Christianity. She strove to see the positive in people and life's challenges. Marit made it her personal work to do what she could to love, help, respect, and show kindness to all. She graciously opened her home to many large gatherings hosting family events and youth groups. She loved the joy and laughter that filled her home. Marit took great care in making sure to attend to all the lovely details that make relationships and events special. Marit took every opportunity to travel the globe. She often met her childhood girlfriends in far-away places or traveled with her family, creating a life filled with great adventures. Marit was a voracious reader. She also loved hiking, gardening, and cooking; especially when those activities surrounded her with family and friends.
Marit was always giving and true to her heart. She chose to give of herself as a donor and has already saved three other families the grief of losing a loved one prematurely.
Marit is survived by her husband, Kim Stratton; children, Matthew (Dreah) Stratton and Katherine Stratton; father, Jacob Richardsen; sister, Grete (David) Westfall; as well as her many in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Marit was predeceased by her mother, Liv Richardsen.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 2:30 P.M. at Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Place, Ramona, CA 92065. To share your memories or for information, please visit: maritstratton.wordpress.com or call (760) 789-0562.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to a charity fund in honor of Marit Stratton. Contact San Vicente Community Church, 16009 Oakley Road, Ramona, CA 92065, (760) 789-3597.
In true form to her life of giving, Marit chose to be an organ donor. Even in death she gave life changing gifts to many people. The family would like to thank Lifesharing of San Diego for facilitating Marit's final wishes.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on May 24, 2012