Arlene Fay Kitchen

December 7, 1924November 13, 2020

Arlene F. Kitchen, 95, died at 10:52 AM, Friday, November 13, 2020, at Advent Shawnee Mission Hospital in Shawnee Mission, Kansas due to complications of Covid-19. She was born December 7, 1924 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Nancy "Ora” McHenry and Jesse Floyd McHenry. She married Fred E. Kitchen on June 20, 1953.

She is survived by four of her five children, Jack L. Kitchen of Vancouver, Washington, Sheila J. Irvin of Shawnee, Kansas, Joyce L. Boyce of Shawnee, Kansas, and Nancy L. Keith of Paola, Kansas. Arlene is also survived by her grandchildren, Jennifer DeLeon, Jason McFarland, Hallie Messenger, Ashley Keith, and Todd Irvin, as well as several great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband and one son, Randall S. Kitchen. Arlene was a longtime resident of Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, Kansas in 1942. She worked at several different jobs throughout her lifetime, ending as a medical transcriptionist at Providence Saint Margaret Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also was a talented artist and, gardener. She liked to walk her dog through her beloved Kansas City, Kansas neighborhood. She also loved reading and learning to speak Spanish.

A private family viewing is on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Due to Covid-19, a limit of 10 people will be permitted at the cemetery. This service will be available live on Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Please log on to to view the livestream of Arlene's service. Shortly before the appointed time, the livestream will begin. If you do not see the livestream on your screen, please refresh your page. You may need to scroll down to see the livestream.

She donated to the ASPCA, the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Democratic National Committee and to The City Union Mission. Memorial contributions may be made to any of these.


  • Virtual Graveside Service

    Monday, November 30, 2020



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Chris & Georgine McHenry

November 20, 2020

We are so very sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was such a sweetheart. We recall her smile mostly. That was a trait all the McH’s had going for them.
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.
Chris & Georgine

Nancy Reynolds

November 19, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom very well. It has been along time since I have seen Shelia and Randy. In our younger days we spent time together at the First Central Church of the Brethren. I know my cousin Mary has been trying to find you Shelia. If you email me maybe we all could get together.

Again send my condolences of the loss of your mother

Nancy Reynolds


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