Debra Ann Old Woman

July 20, 2023


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Debra Anne, Pakitsaakii, on July 20, 2023, after a brief courageous battle with cancer. Debbie was born on January 17, 1963 at the old Blackfoot Hospital in Siksika, she received her education at Mossleigh and Crowfoot Schools. Debbie was a hardworking woman and enjoyed working in various fields, she was a custodian at Old Sun College, Siksika Tribal Administration, Deerfoot NTN trailers and in Fort McKay; as a Child Care Worker at Siksika and Tsu’Tina Day Care Centers, Siksika Headstart, and most recently was employed with Siksika Security. Debbie was a strong caring woman and put her family above all else, her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy, she supported them in everything they did and was their biggest cheerleader. She was happiest travelling to cheer on her boys in rodeo, watching Travis and Justin from sheep riding to riding bulls and as Team M3 in Indian relay racing. She enjoyed travelling with Joe and going to the INFR in Las Vegas was always her favourite trip, she made a lot of friends on the rodeo trail and became Mom to many of her children’s friends. Debbie was a kind and humble woman, beautiful inside and out, who was loved and will be missed by so many. Debbie is survived by her sons Travis (Amber) and Justin, adopted children Katherine McMaster, Monique Water Chief, Coy Doore, Bart Holloway, Skyler Bear Chief, Cody Big Tobacco, Quincy Running Rabbit, Dustin Fast, Mark Big Tobacco and Toby Dixon; grandchildren Kordell (Giselle), Ivy (Chance), Gracie, Ellison, Anistyn, Kipp and Kinsel, great-grandsons Stetson and Cordea and companion Clifton Backfat. Her siblings, sisters Judy (Robert) Running Rabbit, Elsie Maguire, Connie Rabbit Carrier, Liz Scout; brothers Winston, Noel and Marvin Maguire, adopted sister Stephanie Weasel Child, In-laws Gwendora (Robert) Bear Chief, Liz (Alvin) Big Crow, Arlene and Joelle Old Woman and Mandel Old Woman; also her numerous nieces and nephews, whom she was very close too and was known affectionately as Auntie/Mom. Debbie was predeceased by her husband Joe, daughter Krista, son in law David, parents Ivy and Felix Maguire, sister Grace and brothers Ross and Frank. Debbie also leaves to mourn her many relatives from the Maguire, Turning Robe, Brass, Breaker, Axe and Old Woman families. Wake Service will be held at Gordon Yellowfly Memorial Arbour on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Service to follow on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. with Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman presiding, Gravesite service to follow at Canon Stocken Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. Glaze and the staff at Foothills Hospital in Unit 42 who took care of Debbie, we also apologize if we have missed anyone, as this is a very trying and difficult time for us.   

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July 25, 2023

6:00 PM
Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbour, West End

Funeral Service
July 26, 2023

1:00 PM
Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbor


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