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Louene Daisy (Steele) McBride

July 12, 1915 ~ July 15, 2019 (age 104)

Louene Daisy McBride

Louene Daisy McBride, 104, Overland Park, formerly of Hays, died Monday, July 15, 2019 at Homestead of Overland Park.

She was born July 12, 1915 in Hesston, Kansas, the sixth of seven children born to Ara H. and Hattie May (Boyer) Steele.  With her siblings, she would help on the family farm in Halstead.  Every Sunday, she would bake cookies and the boys would play baseball.  Louene graduated from Halstead High School in 1934 and soon began nurses training at Halstead Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1941.  Louene was a United States Army nurse, serving at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colorado during World War II.  In 1943, she met and married Paul McBride.  He preceded her in death in 1964.  She lived in Hays for over 50 years and was a nurse at Hadley Hospital.  Louene was active in the First United Methodist Church, but most of all she was devoted to her family, helping and supporting them with their respective interests in music, football, and going to Kansas City Royals games.  As an avid card and game player, Louene was a member of several bridge and canasta clubs.  She loved to work on jigsaw puzzles, help make scrapbooks, and was a lifelong fan of any Kansas sport with KU and K-State basketball and KC Royals baseball being her favorites.  She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

Survivors include her son-in-law; John Bundy of DeSoto, two grandchildren; Brent Bessey of Shawnee and Kim Erickson and husband Scott of Valley Falls, six great-grandchildren; Tyler Bessey, Hunter Bessey, Gracie Bessey, Sophie Bessey, Courtney Henney, and Jonathan Henney and fiancé Ashlyn Bartling, numerous nieces and nephews, and many adopted loved ones and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Paul, her daughter; Mary Margaret Bundy, a step-son; Jerry McBride, five brothers; Alva, Eldo, Wayne, Floyd, and Bob Steele and a sister; Zella Crandall.

Funeral services will be at 4:00 pm on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, Kansas.  Burial will follow in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until service time on Friday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the ISIS Shrine Circus or Amedisys Compassionate Care Hospice of Kansas City.  Condolences and memories of Louene may be shared with the family at


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