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In memory of

Betty Lou Stratton

of Pierre, formerly of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Monday, January 22, 2024 at the Avera Maryhouse in Pierre at the age of 86

Betty Lou Allen was born April 20, 1937 in old Washabaugh County, South Dakota to Orval Pete and Margaret (Dithmer) Allen. She grew up with her brother, Richard, and attended rural grade schools in Washabaugh County. She graduated from Kadoka High School in 1955.

Betty Lou’s first job was working at the Long Valley store in the summer of 1948. She then worked for Leslie and Thelma Handcock in the summers until she graduated high school. She attended teaching classes in Spearfish and taught one year at the Pleasant Hill and Brunsch schools.

Betty Lou was united in marriage to Wilbur “Joe” Stratton on June 9, 1956. Betty Lou and Joe moved to Billings, Montana where Joe had gotten a job at Firestone Tire while they were on their honeymoon. Their oldest two children, Cynde and Dick, were born in Montana. The couple returned home to South Dakota in July, 1958.


Betty Lou started working for the City of Kadoka in February 1979 and worked for there until she retired in April 1999. After she retired, she worked part-time for Myron Lindquist. In their retirement, Betty Lou and Joe owned several rental houses in Kadoka. After Joe died on July 3, 2017, Betty Lou moved to Pierre where she resided until her death.

Betty Lou was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, the Kadoka Lion’s Club and the Kadoka Ladies’ Auxiliary. She also served as an EMT for the Kadoka Ambulance for over 16 years.

Survivors include two daughters Cynde (Dennis) Stoakes of Hartford and Rose Ann (Greg) Wendell of Pierre; one son, Dick (Phyllis) Stratton of Hartford; a granddaughter Anna Stoakes-Wong (Nathan Wong) of Valley Springs and a grandson Preston “PJ” (Daniela) Stoakes, Danny, PJ and Michelle of Lincoln, Nebraska; five step-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe, her parents and her brother, Richard Allen.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

  • Betty Lou where to start thanks for all the memories . thanks for what you did for Kadoka you were a pillar in the community.... So sorry Rose Ann and Dick heaven gained another Angel. Bet your Dad was glad to see her there!!!!!!! ~ Bonnie Madsen Kadoka South Dakota (1/24/2024)
  • Rest in peace Betty Lou. Heaven knows you deserve to. I will miss you the rest of my days. ~ Woody Davis Kadoka, SD (1/24/2024)
  • We are sorry for your loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Oliver & Gayle Carson Kadoka,SD (1/23/2024)
  • Betty Lou will leave a huge void in my life. We were cousins, and even though we grew up separated by several states, we saw each other in the summers as kids and stayed in touch through our lives. We had a wonderful visit three years ago with her and her family
    I will cherish this memory for the rest of my days.
    ~ Merritt Odor Chico, California (1/23/2024)