Debra “Debbie” Norine Keller Morley, 57, a homemaker and daycare provider from Sunburst, died June 15, 2011, at Benefis Peace Hospice in Great Falls, due to natural causes.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Sunburst Lutheran Church, with a reception to follow at the Sunburst Lutheran Parish Hall.
Whitted Funeral Chapel of Shelby is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 541 Sunburst, MT 59482. Contributions or memorials can be made to Montana Hope Project.
Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Jim Morley; step-mother, Frances Keller of Havre; daughters, Krista Corner of Havre, Lindsey Olsen of Shelby, Meagan Turner of Havre, and Amy Morley of Sunburst; 10 grandchildren, Dakoda, Izaak, Andrea, Ella, Taydem, Zoey, Kyle, Gracie, Joseph and one on the way; siblings, Kerry (Brenda) Keller of Philadelphia, Miss., Connie (Chuck) Keller of Fairfield, Idaho, and Nancy (Dave) Pegar of Havre; step-siblings, Lynn Askar of Havre, Joyce Potter of Glasgow, Dennis Humphries of Glasgow, and Lloyd Humphries of Helena; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Debbie was born June 30, 1953, the eldest daughter of Willis “Red” Keller and Ruby Woodward Keller in Havre. The family resided in Havre throughout her childhood years while she attended Havre Public Schools, graduating from Havre High School. She also attended the College of Great Falls. Debbie and Jim Morley were married in August 1983. With four daughters, Debbie made her comfort at home being a homemaker and a daycare provider for 35 years.
Debbie was a member of the Sunburst Lutheran Church. The ‘hats’ Debbie wore are many. She was a “Mom” to more than just her four daughters. She embraced every child as her own and loved them with her whole heart. But she was more than just a Mom. She was a personal cheerleader, nurse, mentor and a friend to many. As a Mom passing her knowledge on to her daughters, she became a Grammy too. Her grandchildren were the most important thing to her. She enjoyed watching them play together at family gatherings and watched them play outside from her kitchen window, smiling and laughing at them. Debbie enjoyed amusing her grandchildren any way she could. She played with them, hugged them, laughed with them, read to them, and as they say, she was the Best Grammy Ever! Her favorite pastimes included cooking for church functions, family gatherings, and to make the elderly population in Sunburst know someone still cared. Debbie has touched and made a difference in so many lives. She was a “woman extraordinaire,” and we will love her for eternity!