Earlene J. McBride

Dec 10, 2018
McBride Earlene sf


10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 15 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore Street in La Porte City


One hour prior to the services at the Church.


Westview Cemetery in La Porte City


Memorials may be directed to Friends of the Shelter, 211 W. 4th Street, Vinton, IA 52349


Earlene J. McBride, age 83, of La Porte City, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at La Porte City Specialty Care.

She was born July 1, 1935 in Waterloo the daughter of Clifford and Eva (Goddard) McBride.  Earlene graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1953 and attended Gates Business College in Waterloo.

Earlene worked at Perpetual Savings and Loan for 35 years as secretary to the President and 4 years as a Vice President.  Following her retirement, she did seasonal work for Pioneer Seed Corn.  She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City.

Earlene lived on a farm while growing up and loved her pet cats.  She even had a collection of cat figurines – one from each state.  She enjoyed spending time in her vegetable and flower gardens and taking care of her lawn.  Earlene loved being outdoors and was an avid bicycle rider, she rode her bike daily for 8 years.  On her 70th birthday, Earlene rode 70 miles.  She liked to take vacations out west, hiking in the mountains and visiting the national parks, many times accompanied by her nieces.

Survivors include four nieces, Ellen Pursell of Citrus Heights, CA., Lurene (Jeff) Swalve of Estherville, IA, Marla Hanna of La Porte City and June (Mike) Arbuckle of Georgetown, IL; a great-niece, Katy Pursell; a great-nephew Jesse Pursell; and a sister-in-law, Peggy McBride of La Porte City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Junior McBride; a sister-in-law, Oma Jean McBride and nephews-in-law Rick Pursell, Jim Turpin and James Hanna, Sr.

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  1. | Dec 14, 2018
    Sorry to hear of your loss. My husband ,Richard, and Earlene were cousins. I have a little glass pig, that she had given to him, when they were younger. I enjoyed the e-mails we had shared, and talked with her on the phone once in a while.She was a fun person to visit with.
  2. Diana Parks | Dec 12, 2018
     My deep sympathy to all of Earlene's family.  I became friends with Earlene while working for Pioneer Seed Company at Dysart beginning in 1996.  We always stayed after sorting to do cleanup and became a good team working together.  We did some hard, dirty jobs together and even did some painting for Pioneer. We also did summer work in the fields. Later we began riding bikes together on the bike trail.  I was probably with her when she rode the 70 miles.  I know we rode all the way to the end of the trail in Cedar Falls, and then went to visit her Aunt who lived there. She loved talking about her nieces and told me of her trips she took with them.  She loved them dearly.  My Mom is in LPC Specialty Care, so I got to see Earlene often.  I have missed hearing her laugh and her friendly talk.  And I will miss seeing her there. My heart is heavy today. 

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