Morgan Doud met Big Sky raised Justin McKillop in college. Now, the couple has settled in Big Sky. PHOTO COURTESY MORGAN DOUD

New place for an old soul

Introspective and intelligent – Morgan Doud makes Big Sky her home

Morgan Doud is the product of a beautiful love story. Before her parents were married, her father always had a feeling something was wrong with him. He went for testing, discovered he has Muscular Dystrophy and told his fiance to marry someone else, someone without his struggles. 

“She said, ‘I don’t care, I love you and I will love you until the end,’” Doud said of her mother. “My mom is my biggest hero. She just loves and cares so much. I hope to be half the woman she is.” 

She describes her father as gregarious, hilarious and easygoing. 

“He is just the best,” she said. 

Her sister recently graduated medical school at a rapid pace and just settled into a job in Los Angeles. She expressed admiration for her sister as well. 

Doud is 22 years old and a recent graduate herself who double majored in marketing and business management. Although, she is quick to say she is most fascinated by digital marketing – specifically digital analytics for online advertisements, which she admits sounds pretty nerdy. Those kinds of opportunities are limited in Big Sky, so she works as front-of-the-house manager at Toast and has a quiet, kind and disarming nature. 

Now six months into her stay in Big Sky, she followed her own love story to the area. She met Big Sky raised Justin McKillop when they were attending university in Arizona, they have now been together for three years. 

“I love my family so much and it is really difficult to be away from them, but it is nice to be with Justin’s family a lot and get to know them better,” she said. 

Although young, she has had her challenges in life and is managing the “twists and turns” with grace. 

“I just feel like I’m still trying to find myself a little bit,” she said. 

Although she misses some aspects of the urban environment in which she was born and raised – Scottsdale, Ariz. – she also likes the Big Sky way of life – like snowboarding with her boyfriend and long walks with her yellow lab rescue named Buddy. 

“I love the people here, the people are super nice. You go into the grocery store and smile at someone and they smile back at you – it’s not even a question, it’s just second nature here. You go to Scottsdale and people seem to have their noses up a bit,” she said. 

Now, she is paying-off college loans, enjoying Montana and learning about herself along the journey. 

“It is nice to take a break and have a more easygoing job for a while – it’s good for the soul,” she said. “I’d rather take a paycut in the end than be stressed-out and worried.” 

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