Marla Marie DeCew

Thursday, July 8, 2021
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Marla Marie DeCew passed away on June 16 2021, from complications associated with C.O.P.D. 

She was born on Sept. 8 1956 to Art and Eileen (E.G) DeCew. Marla grew up in California with her parents and two brothers, Scott and Curtis. 

When Marla was 21 years old, she moved to Livingston MT, where her parents had bought a bar, then Sally’s, now known as The Whiskey Creek. Marla dealt poker there, which was the beginning of a decades long professional poker dealing career. She was an excellent poker dealer and thoroughly enjoyed spending her time doing that. 

For those of us that had the privilege to know her, we will remember her for her generosity, kindness, quick wit, laughter, resilience, love, acceptance, and willingness to give whatever she could. Marla has two children, Shalaine and Blain. We are left missing our mom but filled with a love only a mother can provide. Being a mom was, in her words, the greatest joy of her life. She also had many lifelong friendships, that brought much love and laughter into the world. People were what mattered most to Marla and from her children, brothers, family, friends, and others she encountered, she was a shining light and will be missed more then words can convey. 

We can all think of Marla when we listen to music, as music was something she was passionate about. She went to countless concerts and always brought a loved one along with her to enjoy. Marla also had a love for Harley Davidsons and had many stories about her times riding on them with her biker buddies. Her favorite was the loud rumbling sound they made as they passed through a tunnel. Every time I hear a Harley I’ll think of my mom with a smile and hope those who knew her will, too. 

Marla will be greatly missed, fondly remembered, and always a part of the lives she touched. In the words of one of her favorite artists, “And when you finally fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well. Be courageous and be brave and in my heart you will stay!”


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