Nellie Leek, 90, of rural Arnegard, N.D., more recently of Velva, N.D., died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva.
Nellie was born on May 5, 1925, in Rural McKenzie County; she came from a family of 15 children.
Nellie married Bud Leek on Oct. 14, 1943. Together they farmed and raised their family in rural Arnegard.
Nellie will be remembered for her character and resolve. She was the core support and strength for the family.
Mom was central to the vision for farm life, working alongside Bud while at the same time ensuring the needs of her family were taken care of.
She was resourceful and hardworking. Her gardens were a full time job. Her cooking was a full time job - noted for her pancakes, caramel rolls, pies and cakes. It was all homemade - everything was from scratch.
Her care giving to family was a full time job. There was always family around Mom, her husband, brothers, sisters, kids, grand kids and cousins by the dozens. In fact, the traveling that she enjoyed was always around family. The travel destination was family. She worked alongside Bud on the farm from spring through harvest.
The social connection to family was always the objective. Yes, she enjoyed the card games, the fishing and the hunting. But the whole theme was the social connection to the family.
She was the salt of the earth.
Nellie is survived by one brother, Charles (Noreen) Van Nurden, Longview, Wash. and one sister, Della Knight, Kenai, Alaska. Two children, Darwin (Jamie) Leek, Highlands Ranch, Colo. and Debbie (Dale) Nelson of Watford City, N.D. Six grandchildren, Drew (Rachel) Leek; Colin (Katlin) Leek; Ryan (Staci) Nottestad; Aaron Nottestad; Jacob (Heidi) Nottestad; and Caleb Nottestad. Eight great grandchildren, Olivia Leek; Austyn, Paighton and Maddison Nottestad; Gracie, Luke and Chance Nottestad; and Jake Nottestad.
Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Glory of the Lord Family Ministries in Watford City, N.D. Pastor Barb Becker will officiate. Burial will be in the Schafer Cemetery, in Watford City, N.D.
Friends may call at the church in Watford City on Tuesday one hour prior to services.
Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford City, N.D. has been entrusted with arrangements and services.
Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com
Clarence Danielson, Jr., 83, of Wellston, Okla., passed away Dec. 23, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Born April 28, 1932, in Watford City, N.D., he was the son of, Clarence Danielson, Sr. and Gertrude (Jeglum) Danielson.
Clarence was a long-time rancher in North Dakota, raising Appaloosa horses and cattle until he moved to Oklahoma in 1977.
He loved hunting and all things related to his horses.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Danielson, of Wellston, Okla.; and David and his wife Debbie Danielson, of Edmond, Okala.; One daughter, Lee Ann Reinert and her husband Paul, of Wynnewood, Okala.; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janice; one sister, Laverne Johnson; and one brother Carroll Danielson.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at Bill Eisenhour Northeast Chapel, 8805 NE 23rd St., Oklahoma City, Okala. 73141.