Markkaya grew up in Thompson Falls where she attended school, graduating in 2010. After graduation, she spent time in Great Falls, Sidney, and Libby. She married Ross Gullett April 21, 2012. To them were born two beautiful little girls, Kiona, nearly 3, and Kayah, 3 months. After marriage, she had lived in Missoula and most recently in Superior. She had completed her training for CNA certification and had worked in that capacity. She was a devoted mother and enjoyed loving and nurturing her girls. This wife and momma will definitely be missed. She will also be missed as a daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, aunt, cousin, niece, and friend.
Markkaya was a free-spirited, loving woman and loved being with family and friends. She was helpful toward other people, often putting others before herself. Her passion was art; she loved to draw, write poetry and stories and also loved to read. Markkaya is remembered as being honest, sincere, genuine, supportive, kind, and fun, sometimes stubborn and determined. With her mostly positive attitude, she made others know she was there for them. Her grandparents remember her as being caring and respectful, and she and her grandma did sewing projects together. Her faith in Jesus Christ began as a young child, and we are confident she is enjoying eternity with Jesus now.
When Markkaya was born, she got the nickname “Bugsy” from her grandpa, Allan Ovitt, due to her big blue eyes that bugged out so beautifully. Her nickname has stuck through her whole life on earth and will continue in our memories.
Markkaya is preceded in death by grandparents, Allan Ovitt and Billiejean Pronovost and great-grandfather, Duane Eitelberg. She is survived by husband, Ross; daughters, Kiona and Kayah; parents, Kevin and Tracy McGann; brother Kodee (Amy) McGann; sister, Kilie (Jamie) Burr; nephews and niece: Allan, Arya, and Kobee McGann; grandparents, Ken and Mary McGann and Asa Pronovost; great-grandmothers, Betty Eitelberg and Gloria McGann and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, you may choose to contribute to a “McGann Family” account at First Security Bank to help cover expenses.
I remember the beautiful day
We heard you would be.
You grew in your Mom’s tummy -
In nine months we would see.
A miracle girl we weren’t supposed to have,
To cherish, nurture, and love.
We watched you grow and make your stand,
A beloved gift, from our Creator above.
Taught you to love our Maker,
We talked about life and lessons.
You grew to be an exceptional baker
And could’ve taught art sessions.
You started a beautiful family
And shared your love to them.
Your relationship with God grew,
You comforted, taught, loved and mended.
I will miss you dearly
And my heart is completely shredded.
Some beautiful days will be teary,
But I know where you are headed.
Our Creator has a far better plan
That we humans don’t understand.
We must trust it for what it is
And receive His love, comfort and bliss.
Through these storms He’s by our side,
Giving love, mending, and comfort.
In His arms we can hide,
Taking time to heal and sort.
I know Bugsy is at Your feet –
In peace, viewing all You want her to see.
Could I just ask one favor, Lord?
Give her a hug and a kiss from me.
We will see her again one day,
When our walk on earth is done.
I thank you so much for the gift,
Although it was a short one.
I love you, and will never forget.
How blessed to be truly free.
Until we meet again, my precious daughter –