Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Deborah Morgan

January 31, 1948 ~ March 07, 2019

    Angels rejoiced on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 as Deborah “Debbie” Mae (Keil) Morgan was triumphantly embraced in the arms of Jesus. She passed from this life surrounded by her loving family after a short battle with cancer. Debbie faced her final trial with courage and continued to spread the love of our Lord throughout her last days.

    Debbie was born on January 31st, 1948 to Sam and Mae (Fisher) Keil. As the oldest child, Debbie found herself a natural caretaker to her younger brothers, Raymond and Jim. She fondly remembered her childhood of hand-sewn dresses, prancing in her penny-loafers, and being a dutiful member of Job’s Daughters.

    During her teen years, at the Fisher Garden Store, Debbie pulled weeds and mailed seed orders. In the summer of her sophomore year, Manhattan celebrated its Centennial with a community-wide street dance. It was here that she ran into the most rude, repulsive, and belligerent young man she had ever met: her future husband, Dan Morgan.

    Meeting again weeks later, Debbie hardly recognized him. Her first impression dissipated when she saw Dan in a different context. What originally seemed like a misbehaving, annoying man at a dance was actually a very handsome cowboy -- who was still prone to misbehaving. Dan and Debbie dated throughout their high school years and finally married at the Hickam Airforce Base in Hawaii on July 25th, 1967.  The newlyweds enjoyed their extended “honeymoon” while Dan was stationed on the island. Debbie would always speak of the flowers, scent, and serenity of Hawaii. These early years were precious to Debbie throughout her life and their 52 years of marriage is a testimony to their love for one another.

    In 1971, Dan and Debbie welcomed their son, Mark, into the world while stationed in Florida. Their family was made complete by the addition of their daughter, Cindy, in 1974. Embracing Dan’s ranching roots, Dan and Debbie started a small ranch with sheep and cattle outside of Belgrade. The kids were raised to work hard, value family, and to hone their practical joking skills -- a notorious Morgan trait.

   Dan and Debbie became Christians in 1979 and haven’t looked back. Because of their relationship with Jesus, their ranch quickly became a home to all. Known as the “Yes Mom,” the church’s youth group loved spending time at the house where they could expect great food, plenty of shenanigans, and a loving atmosphere. Debbie’s hospitality continued throughout the years. People knew they could drop in any time for coffee, advice, or a good laugh. This hospitality spread into their business, Dan Morgan Construction, where Debbie ran everything related to the office and books.

    As Debbie’s children grew up, her family expanded. Each child was gifted an acre of land where they chose to raise their families neighboring Debbie’s house. This was her greatest gift because Grandma Debbie could watch her grandchildren grow up. Summers were spent with the kids playing outside and stopping at Grandma’s for popsicles and parent breaks. Countless slumber parties, camping adventures, and Macarena dance practices happened at Grandma's.  As the kids grew older, Debbie beamed over every individual accomplishment of her grandchildren. However, Debbie was the proudest of the fact that all of her grandchildren became Christians.

    Debbie is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Mae; niece, Katie Keil; numerous aunts and uncles; and three unborn children whom she has eagerly been waiting to meet.

Debbie is survived by her best friend, husband, and partner in crime of over 50 years, Dan; her son, Mark (Kim) Morgan; daughter, Cindy (Lee) Hibl;  grandchildren, Lolita Morgan, John Morgan, Keesha (Scott) Stratton, Jessica (Eli) Sutherland, Rea (Kelton) Baker, Amber Hibl, and Kyle Hibl; her foster-grandchildren, Derek Tool and Ashley Skillen; brothers, Raymond (Vera) and Jim (Kelly) Keil; numerous nephews and nieces; her aunt, Shirley (Keil) Thunem; various cousins; and every soul who has lovingly called Debbie “Mom,” “Grandma,” and “friend” through the years.

 Memorial donations may be made to the Mike Schrader Memorial Fund at 909 South Nevada, Belgrade, MT 59714.