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Dorothy Lee Smalley McBride

Dorothy McBride passed away peacefully on August 13, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was born on September 28, 1930 in Loup City, Nebraska to her parents Edna and Stephen Elba Smalley. Dorothy graduated from Loup City High School in 1948, and went on to get her Education Degree from Kearney State College in 1950. She became an elementary teacher in Blue Hill, Nebraska, where she met Jim McBride. After a whirlwind romance they were engaged, and after Jim's deployment, they were married, settling in Blue Hill and later in Aurora, Nebraska. She and Jim loved to go for drives in the country, and dinners out. They cherished each other.

Dorothy and Jim were blessed with six children. She was a devoted mother. Dorothy loved all their grandchildren too, and often had them help her cook or bake something in the kitchen. Each year, she carefully selected a Christmas ornament for each grandchild, which served as a special gift from her. She loved and enjoyed seeing current pictures of her three generations of kids.

Dorothy taught CCD classes, volunteered at her polling place, was on the Aurora Hospital Auxiliary, and was an active member of PEO. She was a tour guide at the Aurora Plainsman Museum and volunteered at the libraries. She believed in the power of caring for others. Dorothy gave warm hugs and was easy to talk with because she cared so much about everyone.

All six of Jim & Dorothy's children graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas, and they were loyal and faithful supporters of the college. They established the James W. and Dorothy McBride Scholarship and donated a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the College.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents, siblings Marjorie (Harry) Spencer and Chuck (Ernie) Lambert and daughter-in-law Denise McBride.

She is survived by her six children: Pat (Mary Pat) of Lincoln; Steve (Peggy) of Olathe, KS; Susan (Dennis) Paine, of Kansas City, MO; Terry of Olathe, KS; Jane (Mark) Sullivan of Overland Park, KS; and John (Kerry) McBride of Shenandoah, IA, as well as 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 20th at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aurora at 9:30 am, with a rosary at 10:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 at the church. Internment will immediately follow at the Aurora Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.

The service will be livestreamed on Zomm. Here is the information: ZOOM Meeting ID 629-734-5912, Passcode STM2022

Memorials may be made to the James W. and Dorothy McBride Scholarship at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

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