Malinda Deel, 52, Hays, died Friday, July 5, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

She was born Feb. 16, 1967, in WaKeeney to Sylvanus and Firma Jean “Jeannie” (Rupp) Rome.

She married Shawn Hulse on March 11, 1989, in Plainville. She later married Rick Deel on Nov. 16, 2013, in Walker. She 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 nursing by starting out as a certified nurse aid and certified medical aid at St. John Nursing Home of Hays and later Via Christi Village and Brookdale Senior Living.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, and joined the Daughters of Isabella in Ellis, along with her mother and daughter to be together as a family in the group. She helped with St. Joseph Religious Education for several years.

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, who made her heart so complete. She started pursuing her bucket list where, together with her husband and sometimes daughter and grandson, went to multiple music concerts and MLB and NFL games.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, Nathaniel Hulse and family, Topeka; a daughter, Hannah Hulse and son, Boston, WaKeeney; three stepchildren, Charles Deel, Proctor, Vt., Allen Deel and his daughter, Dalynn, Oakley, Calif., and Mechelle Nevin and husband, Justin, and their son, Dominic, Garden City; her parents, St. Peter; her in-laws, Charles and Peggy Brucker, Wilson; two brothers, Dennis Rome, St. Peter, and James Rome and wife, Sandra, and their daughters, Lexie and Alyssa, Ellis; a sister, Lucinda Smith, Nebraska; a niece, Jenna Smith, Grandview, Mo.; and a nephew, Justin Smith and his son, Weston, Hill City.

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Joe Deel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann Catholic Church, Walker; burial in St. Ann Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601 and from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Ann Church or Cancer Council of Ellis County in care of the funeral home. Condolences can be sent at