Naomi Stratton died July 17, 2014

Naomi Saralee (Southerland) Stratton died on Thursday July 17, 2014 in Jackson after a brief illness. She was born near Wilburn, Arkansas on August 16, 1932, the youngest child of Samuel and Lucretia (Foust) Southerland.


She graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College with a degree in Education and she moved to Jackson, Michigan in 1956 to begin a long career of teaching elementary school at many different buildings for Jackson Public Schools. She retired in 1992. She married James Stratton of Jackson in 1957, and he survives her. In addition she is also survived by one brother, Clinton Southerland of Ramona, California; daughter Shirley (Matthew) Hilzinger of Hinsdale, Illinois; sons William (Susan) Stratton of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Stephen Stratton of Camarillo, California; as well as 5 grandchildren.


A memorial service is planned for August 2, 2014 at 11:00 am with visitation with the family at 10:00 am, at The First Baptist Church of Jackson, Michigan, 201 S. Jackson Street, 49201. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to The First Baptist Church.