Lillian Jean (Stokes) Stratman, 84, of Shelby, was called to the Lord on Saturday, 12, 2020. Lillian was born to David and Helen (Gillis) Stokes on October 17, 1935 in Valier where she grew up and graduated from high school. She then moved to Shelby with her older sister, Doris, and there she met the love of her life, Gerald Stratman. They married on October 17, 1955 in Valier and together had 5 children.
Lillian worked very hard for many years as a waitress and taking care of many dear friends but most importantly, her husband and family. She enjoyed playing marbles with her sister, Charlotte, and brother-in-law, Robert Kovatch, Sr. Playing cards was always a fun way to spend time with her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. Lillian enjoyed playing bingo with many family and friends and loved taking care of her flower garden.
Lillian lived for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and never missed a day checking to make sure they were doing ok.
Survivors include her children, Gerald Jr. (Barb) and Eugene both of Shelby, Leta (Lynn Sr.) of Bow Island, ALB, Helen (Mike) and Rodney (Christine) both of Shelby; 16 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is in eternal rest with her husband, Gerald Sr., son-in-law, Rodney Kienenberger Sr., 3 brothers, Samuel, Frank, and Dan; a sister, Doris (Dodson) Hansell; nieces and nephews; and brothers and sisters-in-law whom she was very close.
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