Debra 'Debby' Magstadt Dec. 6, 1957 - Feb. 23, 2021

Swan Song

SEELEY LAKE - On Feb. 23 our sweet Mama Debra 'Debby' Magstadt passed away at her home surrounded by her family. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for 10 months but succumbed to complications from chemotherapy.

Debby was born Dec. 6, 1957 in Missoula. She grew up on the Northside.

Debby worked at Double Front at a young age but eventually worked most of her life doing janitorial work at the University of Montana and some small businesses. Later on, she worked at Deanos and the last few years at the 1-Stop in Seeley Lake.

Debby was married to Steven Magstadt for 17 plus years and they share three children. After that she continued life with Mike Merseal until the end of her life. 

Debby had the gift of gab and loved people. She loved to talk for hours. Debby always liked to laugh and many times laugh until we would cry. Debby was very kind and giving and wore her heart on her sleeve. She loved nature, wildlife, flowers, huckleberries and enjoyed baking. Most of all she loved her children and grandchildren.

Debby will forever be remembered as a kind, giving, caring, sweet and funny woman. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend. She is survived by her husband Mike Merseal of Seeley Lake and her three children Melinda (Del) of Missoula, Miranda of Missoula and Jerry (Hailey) of Kalispell. Also surviving her are her five granddaughters, one step-grandson, three sisters and one brother.

Debby was preceded in death by her father James 'Doug' Mackey Sr., mother Esther Mackey and brother James 'Jim' Mackey Jr.

A GoFund Me has been set up for Debby's children to help cover her burial costs. Visit and search for Debby Magstadt to donate. The family is also hoping to have a Celebration of Life in late spring or early summer.


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