September 30, 1927 – November 7, 2020
Barbaralee was born in Denver, Colorado on September 30, 1927 to Rose Amelia Reiter and Bert W. Terrell. Her parents preceded her in death, as did her four siblings, Frank Ellis, Edna Turner, Dorothy Gibbons and Morris Terrell. Also, preceding her in death was her son, Vernon Roy "Rusty" Stratton.
She graduated from North High School in Denver in 1945, and danced professionally with her sister, Dorothy in a female dance troop, performing in nightclubs throughout the Denver area. During this time, she met her future husband, Wayne Stratton, who was a saxophone player in one of the bands she was performing with. Barbaralee and Wayne were married on September 28, 1946, after his return from service with the Coast Guard in WWII.
Barbaralee gave up her dancing shoes and Wayne gave up his saxophone so they could settle down and start their family. Barbaralee and Wayne had three children: Clifford Wayne "Brick," Vernon Roy "Rusty," and Harry Phillip "Dusty."
Upon retiring, they moved to Windsor Gardens in Denver where Barbaralee picked back up her dancing shoes, and they became well known for their dancing and singing routines with various senior show groups.
After Wayne's death in 2017, Barabaralee moved with Brick's family from her lifelong home in Denver, Colorado to her new home in Williamsburg, Virginia. Barbaralee is survived by two sons, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Barbaralee's family suggests a donation to your favorite charity. The memorial service for Barbaralee will take place on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET at Nelsen Funeral Home in Williamsburg, VA. In accordance with COVID guidelines, the memorial service will be livestreamed. To access the livestream, please visit Facebook.com/nelsenwilliamsburg.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
November 28, 2020
My memory of Barbaralee is from the wonderful stories my mom has shared with me. My mom, Marjorie Ellis and dad, Frank Ellis, were Barbaralee's sister-in-law and brother. Mom loved her dearly and often spoke of the great fun everyone had when Barbaralee and Wayne were around. And, also of the love and devotion between the couple. I have missed out so much on not being able to share time with family. I'm so grateful to Brick for calling and for sharing information that allowed us to participate in the beautiful memorial service for a truly remarkable and wonderful lady.
In seeing the photos of Barbaralee, Wayne, Rusty, Dusty, and Brick in their young years; and the family as it grew through time, each picture gave testament to consistent care, love, and devotion to family.
Thank you again for sharing these memories of a lovely lady. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all.
Brick, please call us again.
Edgeworth Park At New Town
November 17, 2020
November 13, 2020
I always loved going over to Pinky and Wayne's house. Mom and Pinky would talk and talk, while they cooked dinner. Dinner was usually something yummy like grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup or chili and crackers. I often sat with them, helped them cook and just listened. Mom never had a sister and I think Pinky was hers. Wayne and my dad would go into the living room. They would talk for a short while and then fall asleep. Somehow they slept through the commotion of five boys playing above their heads.
Pinky, Wayne, Wanda and Dick remained close until my folks both passed. That friendship lasted over 60 years, which is incredible!You were lucky to have such a spunky little lady in your lives!