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Rita Ann Flannigan
August 13, 1933 ~ July 18, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2023 at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia with Pastor Linda Freeman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the New Zim Cemetery.
Rita Ann Flannigan died Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at the Cornerstone Villa in Buhl.
She was born on August 13, 1933 to Frank and Lianda (Merritt) Starkey in Virginia. Rita grew up in Mt. Iron and attended the Mt. Iron High School. Following high school, she worked as a waitress and gas pump attendant for Four Seasons. She was united in marriage to Loyd Flannigan on January 10, 1952. The couple resided in Mt. Iron before moving to Lompoc, CA. They eventually settled in Zim where they lived for the remainder of their years. Rita was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, especially roses and lilacs, singing, raising rabbits, and being outdoors. She took great pleasure in playing canasta and the "Birthday Club" with her friends. Rita was an animal lover and had many pets throughout her life, including many dogs, rabbits, and even a fawn. She was a member of the Zim Evangelical Free Church.
Survivors include her children: Marlissa (Roy) Kanyo of Nashwauk, Bill (Roberta) Flannigan of Surrey, ND, and David (Susan) Flannigan; grandchildren: Jeff, Larissa, Heather, Jenny, Tracy, Angie, Michelle, Sarah, Colleen, Katie, Bob, David, Lizzy, Kayla, Jake, Christina, Bud, Donovan, and Quentin; a legacy of great and great-great grandchildren; siblings: Fawni, Sheila, Sherry, Susan, and Peachy; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd; son, Danny; grandchildren Amanda and Clinton; brothers Bruce and Frank; sisters Rochelle and Lianda; her parents; and her father, George McWaters.