Avelyne Philip McBride

April 2, 2018June 27, 2018

Avelyne McBride, Kansas City, passed away June 27, 2018.

She was born April 2, 2018 and suffered from Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome which resulted in multiple birth defects. She had four congenital heart defects, the most aggressive and fatal being pulmonary vein stenosis. A brave warrior, she was surrounded by love and care that helped her through two open-heart surgeries in her 87 days on earth.

Celebration of Her Life is Monday July 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City. Following cremation, Avelyne will rest in the arms of her loving family.

Survivors include her parents, Felicia Morgan and Jared McBride; her grandparents Philip and Joanne Morgan; and Kenneth and Kathy McBride; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Contributions to assist the family with medical costs can be made to


  • Felicia Morgan, Mother
  • Jared McBride, Father
  • Philip Morgan, Grandfather
  • Joanne Morgan, Grandmother
  • Kenneth McBride, Grandfather
  • Kathy McBride, Mother
  • Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends



  • Celebration of Life Monday, July 2, 2018

Avelyne Philip McBride

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Alexandra's House

August 24, 2018

--Author Unknown
One special day in Heaven above,
Tiny souls sat with God, surrounded by his love.
Time Is coming soon God said, do not be scared.
Your family waits your arrival, let us get prepared.
God looked upon each soul, in mute consideration.
He knew the life each one would live, He weighed each situation.
The souls chatted, wondering who they'd be. They knew the day grew nearer, to meet their family.
How would you like to change the world, God asked each soul in fun? The chance to change a heart is held by only one.
I'll to make the world laugh, one soul said with a smile,
laughter heals broken hearts and helps us through the trials. I'll remind the world to sing, a little soul told the Lord.
My gift’s a beautiful voice; I’ll hit every note and chord. I have compassion; the next soul raised her hand. Some people just need a friend, someone to understand. As each soul shared their thoughts, their hopes and dreams, God said to them “Life is much harder than it seems”. As each soul began to leave, in a scurry of laughter and fun, Heaven became quiet, for left was only one. Come with me my child, God sighed. Do you know how many you will touch, in a world left wondering why? Before your life is over, you’ll know much strife, but you'll teach them all to cherish the smallest things in life. Some may know you in only a photograph, they'll never hold you or hear your laugh. Some may know you through words they read each day, but you'll do something wonderful, you'll make them stop to pray. This tiny soul raised his head to touch God's firm, strong hand. Father, I am ready for all you have planned, for You are the planter, I am but your seed. But what talent do I have Lord, what gift do you impart? All you need, my child, is placed in your heart. God kissed this tiny child, knowing all that he would be, and whispered as he watched him go. You'll teach them to love me.

We love you, Avy and honored to know you, your family, and all their special friends!

The Hensleys

August 22, 2018

Goodbye is not forever.
Goodbye is not the end.
It simply means I'll miss you,
Until we meet again.

Kathy McBride

August 21, 2018

Avelyne, I love you so much. While you were here on Earth, you brought everyone in the family such happiness. You are perfect in every way, I know you brought much joy to your mommy and daddy, as they are over the moon about you. I know you are in Heaven watching over all of us, and I look forward to the day I shall hold you again. You will always be my first granddaughter, and shall be in my heart forever. I feel so lucky to have known you, as many people all over the world felt you were their blessing as well as ours. I know you stayed with us as long as you could, and for that I am grateful. I want you to know Avie, that I think about you every day , and that you are my hero. Please hold a place in Heaven for me, as I have saved all my kisses for you. Love, Your Nonni

Briana Skinner

August 21, 2018

It has been a very long and trying year.. high highs and super lows..

After everything that has happened, I still cannot settle my stomach and have been trying to gather my thoughts...

I wish I knew the words to say and how to express my feelings, I have been searching for a way to share through words... Especially right now, though, I am simply at a loss. I will try, but it's probably going to come out all jumbled.. bc that's exactly how I'm feeling at this moment. Confused.

Felicia.. there is one thing I am certain of. I am so grateful to have been part of this journey with you. From the very beginning of you becoming a mom. A title that is often taken for granted, but something that you only truly understand once you earn that title. Something you will have and cherish forever. A love you never knew was possible. I prayed for you so many times, knowing that is what you've always wanted. And you not only got to be a mom, but you have been lucky enough to be mommy to one of the best.. and now to an angel.

You have been so incredibly strong, brave, poised.... I don't know how you have managed to do so. You and Avelyne Philip have been such an inspiration to myself and so many others. That baby girl was put on this Earth for a very special reason, and I have to believe she was given her wings with an even bigger purpose. I will never understand why we were only given such a short amount of time with her, but she changed lives. She brought closeness. She was love. And the memory of her will continue on.

Avy, again, you made my heart expand more than I knew it could. You gave us hope and joy, togetherness and love. You are still our miracle and not a day goes by without you being so deeply missed. I will forever be thankful for the times I shared with you. Love you baby girl.

Carly McBride

August 21, 2018

I remember being at the hospital waiting for Avelyne to come into this world. The joy and relief that swept over the room when we were told that she had arrived into the world safe and sound. Avelyne brought people together and defied the odds from day one. She had a strength within her, fighting every battle that came her way. Avelyne gave me the gift of being an aunt, I can’t wait to one day see my niece again!
Love, Aunt Carly

Emily Rice

August 21, 2018

Dear Avelyne,
It was an honor to know you. I met you when you were at Boston Children's, my daughter was your neighbor for awhile. I remember when when I first saw you, lying peacefully with signs on your bed and a beautiful banner with your name on the back wall. Before I knew your mom I could tell you were deeply loved, your parents were always around you. I know you felt their love, you were a very calm baby. Your parents amazed me by their strength in handeling everything, especially your mom. They fought and prayed hard. Thank you for bringing your mom and I together, it was wonderful to make a heart mom friend - have someone else who understands the journey and support each other. I am deeply saddened your journey on earth has ended, I was very excited for your family when you were transferring back home as it was a sign the worst was behind you. Although your time was short on earth, your impact on us all is profound. I think of you and your parents often. I know you are looking out for your parents and other warriors.

Wesley Whitney

August 21, 2018

Dear Sweet Avelyne,

Your time on earth was brief but your impact will last forever in all the hearts of the people who met you and immediately fell in love. I was honored to meet you and for the brief time I saw in your eyes a beautiful soul who was in pain yet fighting with all her might. There is no other way to describe her other than an Angel. I cant begin to describe how sorry I am for the loss Felica and Jared have suffered. I can only hope that they will one day find peace.

Sherry Sharp

August 21, 2018

Dear Avy,
In such a very short time, your precious little life touched the hearts of so many people. I’m not sure I have ever witnessed such an outpouring of love for such a little one. Your short life taught us so many things, not the least of which were courage and perseverance.
You are missed SO MUCH by your mom and dad especially, but also by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends. We take comfort in the fact that you are in heaven and that your suffering is over, but the hole you left in our hearts may never heal completely. We miss you and look forward to the day when we can see you and hug you again.

Daniel Bristow

August 21, 2018

It was incredible to see the transition Jared made from a man to a dad. You could tell from a mile away that every minute Jared was alive he wanted to spend it with Ave. Just as the sun peaked through the trees to let us know she was in a better place, it was comforting to know she is no longer in pain. She will be greatly missed.

Great-Aunt Janice and Great-Uncle Bill Ainsworth

August 21, 2018

Felicia and Jared,

Avelyne was sent to you as a blessing. In such a short time she changed your lives and showed you how to love. There will always be an emptiness in your hearts for what might have been.

Her short life not only affected you both but everyone who knew or knew of her. That's a powerful thing for one small baby to do but she surely did just that.
She earned her angel wings and now is at peace in the arms of her Creator and has been welcomed by those who have gone before her.

I personally am honored that you allowed me to participate in Avelyne's life. I was able to be there when she was born, hold her, see her christened, attend her three-month birthday celebration and be there when she gave up her last breath.

All our Love from her Great-Aunt Janice and Great-Uncle Bill