Malinda Deel, 52, Hays, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita surrounded by the ones she loved.
Malinda was born on February 16, 1967 in WaKeeney to Sylvanus and Firma Jean “Jeannie” (Rupp) Rome. On March 11, 1989 she married Shawn Hulse in Plainville, and to the marriage they brought two children, but later divorced. In 2006 she found Rick Deel, her puzzle piece and the love of her life, the one that made her life complete, and they were married November 16, 2013 in Walker. Malinda was employed by Cutty Six Hair Salon in Hays among a few other salons before deciding to stay at home with the children. In later years she pursued her love of nursing by starting out as a CNA and CMA at St. John’s Nursing home of Hays and later Via Christi Village and Brookdale Senior Living. She eventually had to give up her dream of nursing and quit working when her cancer progressed. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Hays and joined the Daughters of Isabella in Ellis, along with her mother and daughter to be together as a family in the group. Malinda helped with St. Joseph’s Religious Education for several years before she took ill to her cancer and had to stop. She enjoyed putting puzzles together, fishing, baking, sewing, and most of all camping with all her family whenever she got the chance. One of her biggest joys was spending time with her grandson Boston whom made her heart so complete. When her cancer didn’t allow her to work anymore, she started pursuing her bucket list where, together with her husband and sometimes daughter and grandson, she went to multiple music concerts and MLB and NFL games.
Malinda is survived by her husband; Rick of the home, one son; Nathaniel Hulse and family of Topeka, one daughter; Hannah Hulse and her son Boston of WaKeeney, three step-children; Charles Deel of Proctor, VT, Allen Deel and his daughter Dalynn of Oakley, CA and Mechelle Nevin and husband Justin and their son Dominic of Garden City, her parents; Sylvanus and Jeannie Rome of St. Peter, her in-laws; Charles and Peggy Brucker of Wilson, two brothers; Dennis Rome of St. Peter and James Rome and his wife Sandra and their daughters Lexie and Alyssa of Ellis, a sister; Lucinda Smith of Nebraska, a niece; Jenna Smith of Grandview, MO, and a nephew; Justin Smith and his son Weston of Hill City.
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law; Joe Deel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Walker, Kansas, with Fr. John Schmeidler officiating. Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm until 8:00 on Wednesday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and from 9:00 am until service time on Thursday at the church. A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6:30 pm followed by a vigil service at 7:00 pm, all on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Ann’s Church or the Cancer Council of Ellis County. Condolences and memories of Malinda may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com