Debra (Debbie) Ann Burley passed away on the evening of September 7, 2019 at the Advanced Care Hospital in Billings, MT. At the age of 9 she was diagnosed with diabetes which later led to Vascular and Heart Disease. She was comforted and surrounded by her family. She was 62 years young.
Debbie was born at the Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City on February 18, 1957. She was the first born child of Scott and “Buntsy”/Vivian Burley but later welcomed sister Sheri and brothers Jerry and James.
Deb attended the Two Tree Country School through the 6th grade and then moved on to the Powder River High School in Broadus, where she graduated in 1975.
In 1976 she married Keith Black and one year later, in 1977, they welcomed their only son, Travis Keith Black, to this world. They lived in the Belle Creek area for approximately 6 years and moved on to Denver, CO in 1986, where her and Keith were later divorced.. Deb and Travis moved to Billings, MT and she worked as a travel agent for a short time. Another big move was ahead of them as they went on to Spokane, WA where she worked for a School Portrait Studio for 2 years. Missing Montana, Deb and Travis moved back to Billings, MT in 1990. It was at this time that she started working for Omo Construction, doing road construction, and continued there for years until her health became an issue and she could no longer work. She met her significant other, Ron Dalke, while working at Omo Construction and was with him up to her death.
Deb was a very hard worker at whatever she was doing, but she loved being out on the ranch … the country was her “home“. She was a rock-hound and collected agates and many other rocks, but one of her favorite things to do was to search for arrowheads out there. She had quite an impressive collection of them. She enjoyed riding all over the place with her 4-wheeler and her dog, Charlie. She also spent many hours in her garden and loved her time with her flower beds. But she would always tell everyone, above everything else, her pride and joy was with her 4 grandkids, Jordan, Kane, Kylie and Rowynn Black. She was so excited to be able to hold newest granddaughter, 4 month old Rowynn, whom she called her “Little Buckeroo“. It is with these other 3 grandkids that Deb took trips, found projects to do, shopped, scouted for arrowheads, laughed, cried and maybe even got into some mischief!!! She also enjoyed her Pool League with friend Karen Pino and their local team “Maiden Silver Co”
Debbie was survived by her parents Scott & “Buntsy” Vivian Burley of Broadus; Sister Sheri Gali (Dan) of Broadus and her nieces and nephews, Macey Moore (Keith), Skyler Gali, Dakotah Gali (Sarah), Tymber Gali – Brother Jerry Burley of Columbia Falls (Joanne), nieces & nephews Branden Burley (Courtney), Kristen Hamburg ( Brandon), Shelden Burley, Kaitlen Burley – Brother James Burley of Broadus, nieces Bailey & Brooke Burley – Son Travis Black (Amanda), grandchildren Jordan, Kane, Kylie, & Rowynn Black – Significant other Ron Dalke – Good Friends, Ernie and Mary Jane Robinson and her faithful dog, Charlie.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 1:00 – 6:00 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Homes in Broadus. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00 at Faith Bible Church in Broadus with a luncheon to follow.
Memorials and donations can be made to St. Jude’s Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com