Helen Lois (Hayes) Bechtel, 84, a long time resident of Liberty, MO, passed away January 3, 2024 at Brookdale Rosehill in Shawnee, KS. A visitation for Helen will be held on June 21, 2024 at 10 a.m. at Church Archer Pasley Funeral Home, 119 East Franklin Street, Liberty, MO. It will be immediately followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. At the conclusion of the memorial service, Helen will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in Liberty, MO.

Helen was born on June 20, 1939, in North Kansas City, MO to Thelma Pearl (Barber) and Everett Samuel Hayes. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1957. She worked for many years in the banking industry as a bank teller and customer service representative at Commercial Bank then finishing her career at Pony Express Bank in Liberty when she retired in 2003.

Helen enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing and other craft activities, but most of all, she loved her family. Helen had two daughters, Laura, and Jill, whom she dearly loved. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren in their extracurricular activities. She loved family gatherings and going on camping excursions. She also cherished her lifelong friends, some whom she has known since kindergarten. She lived her life with God as her blessing. Above all else she hoped to be remembered for her faithfulness to God, her friends, and her family.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma, and Everett; her brothers Donald, Richard, and Kenny Hayes; and her sister-in-law Jeanne (White) Hayes.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Laura Yanez (Brian), Overland Park, KS, and Jill Murphy (Gale), Frankfort, IL; her grandchildren Logan Murphy (Tori), Lindsey Murphy, Ruben Yanez and Richelle Yanez; many nieces and nephews; and many friends and family.

Helen and her family have asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made in Helenís name to St. Jude Childrenís Hospital or to the Ronald McDonald House.