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Doris A. Fowler Stratton

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Doris A. Fowler Stratton “Suzy”, 97, a lifelong resident of Gouverneur and a recent resident of Samaritan Keep Home since May 2011, died March 19th, with her son and his companion, at her side.

Born on October 28, 1916, she was the youngest child of Helen Powers and Samuel Fowler of Fowler. “Suzy” was a 1936 graduate of Gouverneur High School. At 22, she married Sheldon Marsh Stratton on November 10, 1938, at the parsonage of the Methodist Church in Sackets Harbor, with the ceremony officiated by Rev. John Stoddard. She was married for 47 years until the death of Marsh on December 16, 1985. Together they had two sons, Michael Sheldon Stratton, Chaumont, and Patrick Marsh Stratton, Saranac Lake, who died July 26, 2001.

Suzy began her career as a waitress at the Lido Restaurant in Gouverneur, where she met Marsh, the co-owner. From there she ran and operated the snack bar at Empire Livestock, where Marsh was the manager at the time. In 1963, she opened Stratton’s Guesthouse at her home, 265 East Main Street, Gouverneur. For nearly 40 years, she made north country travelers welcome and comfortable. While running the guesthouse, she also drove a bus for the Gouverneur Central School District that transported disabled students.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gouverneur, the Gouverneur Business Woman’s Group, Republican Club, Hospital Auxiliary, Historical Museum, American Legion, Lady of the Elks, Gouverneur Senior Citizens Club and the Four By Four Country Club presently known as Emerald Greens.

In her early years, she was an avid bowler. Later, her hobbies included finding treasures (milk glass and old National Geographic magazines) at local auctions and garage sales and then reselling those treasures out of her barn (usually at a loss), enjoying a good meal at the Casablanca and caring for others in need.

She is survived by her son, Michael, Chaumont, and his companion, Elizabeth Bonisteel, Watertown, four grandchildren and their spouses, Holly J. Terzo (Steve), Fairport, Michael H. Stratton (Nicole), Watertown, Mark R. Stratton (Lauren), Ballston Lake, and Devon C. Stratton, Saranac Lake, a daughter-in-law, Shannon M. Stratton, Saranac Lake, along with five great grandchildren, Benjamin, Seth, Simon, Trey and Quinn.

Per Suzy’s request, there will no calling hours or public memorial service. She will be buried with her husband at Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur, NY.

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