Debra Ann Kirkpatrick Newell

Sunday, October 17, 2021
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Debra Ann Kirkpatrick Newell was born in Columbus Montana May 20th, 1953, out of necessity while traveling with her parents from Glendive where her dad was headquartered and working throughout the state. She was 68 beloved, wonderful, happy, sad, challenged, successful, cherished years old when she set out for heaven on October 8th, 2021. She won her battle over the lousy hand she was dealt a few years back in the health game by never relinquishing to fear or avoiding the many battles over the hardship and pain she endured. She was raised and schooled in Billings but cherished most her long summers on the ranch south of Wibaux. She held so many special memories close about the simple joys of being a cowgirl with special grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins to lead the way. One very special Uncle Bob taught her that she could be stubborn enough to accomplish anything she set out to do. That paid her dividends for her entire life lived to the fullest. Only a select few knew how and why she stood in the shadows so others could shine. She was the angel they all needed. Her life’s value can be measured by how she positively touched so many close friends and family members and kept them on the right path in life. Just the fact that she kept her desperado husband on track for 50 years is a testament to accomplishing the impossible. His challenge now will be living without the piece of his heart she stubbornly refused to leave behind. Tom and Deb met in 1969 at a basketball game where Tom became smitten for life. Why, with her many options, she chose him over handsome we’ll never know. They married December 28, 1971, in a small ceremony in Billings Montana and never looked back. So much for the myth that young love can’t last. They lived, loved, and survived for the most part in eastern Montana where the two of them raised 3 unique children who all benefited from Deb’s compassionate love and support. She had a blessed Irish temper that she kept corralled except for unruly occasions that needed her special touch to get the horses back in the barn. She always knew just how to handle the confusing situations we all encounter in our daily walk of life with compassion and caring. She managed to lovingly imprint many special memories on the seven wonderful grandchildren she was blessed with. Time can never erase the memories that they will all carry with them forever of their very special Grandma Deffy.

Once in a very long while a person comes along that touches the hearts and souls of everyone they meet, it was my good fortune she chose me!

Ode to Ducky:

We were given a special gift

And didn’t even know

The reason why we got this gift

And why some day we would have to let her go.

This gift saved our very souls

From so many unforeseen foes

And kept us pointed straight ahead

On all our important roles

This gift came from above

And now must head back home

But we get to keep the love, so we are never again alone.

Tom will remain on their place north of Wibaux with the many critters Deb spoiled beyond any common decorum. She especially cherished her last few years creating a flowery maze around the unique log home they loved and shared so many happy days in as her light dimmed over time.

The family wishes to express appreciation for all the sympathy, prayers, and expressions of kindness and concern.

Debs wishes included only a small family gathering to be held in the shadows of the home place.

Deb was preceded in death by her mother Patricia Lund Kirkpatrick. She is survived by her husband Tom, their 3 children Danielle (Ryan) Burrows Laurel MT, Carly (Kent) Kahl Wibaux Mt, and Carl Newell St Xavier, Mt. Grand kids Chase, Bridger, Kolter and Carsen Burrows. Daxon, Remi, and Kamber (KC) Kahl. Father Donald Kirkpatrick, brother Gary (Cathy) Kirkpatrick, sister Candice (Tom) Parker, her nieces and nephews and close friends.

Arrangements are entrusted to Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, Billings, Mt.

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