Nita Flatland, 68, of Watford City, N.D., passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at her home in Watford City, N.D. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford City is assisting the family. Condolences may be left on the funeral home website at www.Fulkersons.com.
Nita Ann Flatland was born in Watford City, N.D., on Nov. 5, 1954, to William (Bill) and Audre Clifton. She was one of four siblings. Her family ran multiple businesses in Watford with a grocery store, truck stop, and the PDQ in Arnegard.
Nita graduated from WCHS in 1972 and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Williston State College in 1974.
Nita married Lyle Flatland on Nov. 29, 1975, and they went on to have three children: Matthew, Amber, and Rebecca. Nita set up a daycare when the kids were young and once the kids got older, she moved to teaching at Johnson Corners Christian Academy until her kids were out of high school. Not only did she teach, but she drove the school bus faithfully for several years.
After the kids were out of the house she worked at Mike’s Super Value and Larsen’s Service Drug.
In the ’80s she joined McKenzie County Right to Life and started the Right to Life Craft Auction which the family is glad to see has been taken up by others after she was unable to lead it.
In April 2014, Nita was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, but beat the normal odds for survival and was able to witness the marriage of Rebecca to Daniel Reiff and the adoption and birth of two additional grandchildren (Abilash and Clara). The family also was able to enjoy a trip to Norway in 2017 where we met some of Lyle’s relatives.
Nita loved traveling, crocheting, quilting and enjoying time with the people in Watford and the surrounding area. Lyle and Nita both accepted Christ as their Savior in January, 1980 and they felt blessed to be surrounded by a strong group of believers in the area.
Nita is survived by her husband, Lyle; her children, Matthew (TA) Flatland of St. Michael, Minn., Amber (John) Pankratz of Minot, N.D., and Rebecca (Daniel) Reiff of Plymouth, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Noel Pankratz, Eli Pankratz, Bryn Flatland, Lael Flatland, Isaac Pankratz, Abilash Flatland and Clara Reiff, sister, Laura Goff; brother, James Clifton; brother, Thomas Clifton and their families.
Nita was preceded by her parents, Bill and Audre Clifton.
In lieu of gifts or memorials please consider a gift to McKenzie County Right to Life at https://mckenziecortl.org/donate
There was a public visitation for Nita at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home in Watford City, N.D. on Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Nita’s Funeral Service was held at 11 a.m., Friday May 5, 2023, at the Watford City Assembly of God Church in Watford City, N.D. Pastor Duane Kenner officiated. Nita was laid to rest in Garden Valley Cemetery in Watford City, N.D.
The Funeral Service was broadcast, you can view Nita’s service directly on his obituary page on our website www.fulkersons.com.