Lucy Helen (Thompson) Melton

August 8, 1948November 3, 2018

Lucy H. (Thompson) Melton, 70, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away November 3, 2018 at home surrounded by family. Family services will be held later at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66112. Lucy was born August 8, 1948 in El Paso, Texas to Margarito and Josefina Vargas. A long-time Kansas City resident, Lucy married Henry “Hank” Thompson and they enjoyed many years of marriage before his passing in 2002. She later married Montana “Tim” Melton. Lucy worked in hospital administration for Bethany and Providence Hospitals; she retired in 2009. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist and later St. Patrick Catholic Church. Lucy was a member of the Secret Pals Club and was a Tin Lizzie and a former Queen in the Daughters of the Nile (a companion group to the Abdallah Shrine). She enjoyed traveling, especially Las Vegas and going to the Stockton Lake. Lucy also enjoyed riding Harley motorcycles. She was preceded in death by her father, Margarito Vargas; her husbands, Hank Thompson and Tim Melton; her brother, Martin “Chito” Vargas. Lucy is survived by her mother, Josefina Vargas-Reyes; her children, Cheri Perez (Andrew), Sonya Perez, Melissa Briones (John), and Theodore Perez (Victoria); her significant other, Arthur “Bill” Keefer; her brothers, Samuel Vargas, Oscar Vargas, Mario Vargas, Hector Vargas, Ceasar Vargas; her sisters, Alma Stevens, Lily Grado, Martha Newman, Rosie Martinez, Elva Hernandez, Elida Paredes, Bertha Bogart; her sixteen grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Fond memories and condolences for Lucy may be left at, as arrangements are under the direction of Chapel Hill – Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, KS 66112.


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Betty Castaneda

November 8, 2018

Condolences to all family members in their time of sorrow. God bless you all and Rest In Peace Lucy.

Mary Lou Castaneda

November 7, 2018

Condolences going out to the Vargas family. I was friends with Lucy for a long time. She took me for a ride in her corvette with the top down. I will miss you my friend. Rest in peace Lucy.

Anna Marie Swearengin

November 7, 2018

I have been friends with Lucy for many years. Camp together, went on cruises, and Party at the Shrine together. I always call her Mom even though I am older. My Sincere Sympathy to the Family and to Bill. R.I.P. Dear Lucy and give Ray a hug & Kiss from me you two can party together in Heaven.

Andriana Sanchez Meyer

November 6, 2018

My prayers go out to the family, that lady had that laugh and was always so sweet to me. May she dance in the heavens and watch over us all.

Nana& Kenny

Tereas Grado

November 6, 2018

left to right top-
Elida Parades, Lilly Grado, Bertha Vargas-Bogart, Lucy Vargas Melton
Left to right bottom-
Elva Vargas with the Queen of all, their mother Josefina Chapparo- Vargas

Rest Well, Aunt Lucy

Martha Frances Aquino (Bell)

November 6, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the Vargas family, Heaven has gained another angel, my best friend forever, Lucy. I have such wonderful memories to hold in my heart of all the years we had together. watch over all of us and as you told me, see you on the other side sister. Love you!!