Rita Spracklin, age 97, of Glendive passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at her home in Glendive. There will be a combined Remembrance Service for both Rita and her late husband Bill held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Silvernale-Silha Tribute Center in Glendive with Celebrant Sandy Silha officiating. Interment will follow in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Rita Flegel Spracklin was born in Braddock, N.D. on September 8, 1916 to Frederick and Elizabeth (Feher) Flegel. Rita was the eldest of six children so a lot of responsibility was placed on her throughout her mother’s illnesses. She continued with caregiving for the remainder of her life. In Glendive she was often referred to as the “baby nurse” by many; as she worked in the nursery until her retirement at the age of 83.
Even after being placed in the Veterans home; she would report to the nurses station and ask for her daily assignment or call her daughter for a ride to or from work. When informed of her retirement she would insist, “no I’m at the hospital now and have worked all day.”
Rita was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ruben and William Flegel; and her husband William “Bill” Spracklin.
Rita is survived by her four children, Elizabeth “Wanda” Black and special friend Robbie of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Noreen (Ed) Turnquist of Glendive; Dale (Janet) Spracklin of Sidney; and Sharon (Keith) Weiss of Glendive; three sisters, Nyla Prosser of Superior; Hazel Spracklin of Wildamare, Calif.; and Phyllis Spier of Beulah, N.D.; 13 grandchildren; 26 great- grand children, and nine great- great –grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com.