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Elenore McKay

July 14, 1917-Jan. 4, 2013

January 10, 2013
Minot Daily News

Elenore O. McKay, 95, longtime Minot resident and former educator, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in a Naperville, Ill., senior living center.

Elenore was born July 14, 1917, in Leeds, the daughter of Oscar and Elenore (Quam) Bue. She was raised in Leeds and graduated from Leeds High School. In 1939 she graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a degree in education. She taught at schools in Webster and Petersburg and at Leeds High School from 1939 to 1944.

Elenore was united in marriage to Marshall A. McKay on June 5, 1943, in Leesville, La., while he was serving his country during World War II. Upon completion of the war, they lived in Minneapolis and Fargo for a short time before moving to Minot in 1958. After completing elementary methods at Minot State College, Elenore taught at Bel Air and McKinley elementary schools from 1965 to 1974.

Marshall died Dec. 16, 1989.

Elenore was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, Minot, where she was active as a Deacon, taught Sunday school classes and was a member of the Ruth Circle group. She also served as a Campfire Girl leader in Fargo and was active on the Minot YWCA Board of Directors and the Patrons of the Minot Public Library Board. She was a member of the Chapter R PEO group and later the Chapter AL PEO group.

Her loving family includes: children, Betty Ruth (Sandy) Turner, Greensboro, N.C., Kathleen (Rick) Fonceca, Snohomish, Wash., and Marshall (Cathy Geers) McKay, Lisle, Ill.; grandchildren, Danielle Fonceca (Jeremy), Fay and Tara Fonceca and Katie and Betsy McKay; sister, Ruth Schlieve, Leeds; and she was a devoted aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Elenore was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marshall; brothers, Larry Bue and Dr. Ingolf Bue; and sister, Clarice Stangeland.

Funeral service: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 11:30 a.m., in First Presbyterian Church, Minot.

Graveside service: Leeds Lutheran Cemetery, Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Visitation: Friday, Jan. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: Are preferred to Minot 2nd Story Club, Leeds Lutheran Cemetery, and Minot First Presbyterian Church.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (



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