Barbara Ann Messerly Cebulski July 8, 1931 - November 13, 2022

Swan Song

Seeley Lake - Barbara Ann Messerly Cebulski, 91, died on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at her home in Seeley Lake.

She was born on July 8, 1931, the first of 10 born at the family ranch house on Beaver Creek, near Zortman, to Pete Messerly and Fannie Shurlock Messerly.

Barbara rode her horse from the ranch to Beaver Creek School through the eighth grade and then moved to Malta to attend high school, graduating in May, 1949. Barbara was a proud member of the Assiniboine Indian Tribe.

In the spring of 1949, Barbara met Raymond Cebulski at a country dance. They married on Sept. 17, 1949, in Malta and spent the first seven years of their married life on the Miller Brothers Ranch where Barbara raised their five children and cooked meals for 15 hungry ranch hands.

The family eventually made their way to Clinton and finally, Seeley Lake, where Barbara made many life-long friends. Barbara and Raymond were married 73 years.

Barbara enjoyed riding horses, camping, gardening, quilting and cooking. She especially enjoyed trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness with family and friends. Barbara loved spending time with her family and her little dogs.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond, of Seeley Lake; children: Callilou (Tom) Baker of Missoula, Curtis (Sara) Cebulski, Wade (Geanette) Cebulski, Stuart Cebulski and Beth (Tim) Medley; 10 grandchildren: Carrie Nelson, Sandi O'Brien, Trevor Tompkins, Brandon Tompkins, Lindsey (Buzz) Scott, Raymond (Jennifer) Cebulski, Barry (Kendra) Cebulski, Calli Cebulski, Lane Cebulski and Michaela York; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her brother Morris (Caro) Ramsey; and sisters Midge (Ray) McDonald, Dolores Messerly and Etta Humbert.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.


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