Jennie Arroyo

February 4, 1928August 6, 2018

Jennie (Vargas) Arroyo, 90 of Northeast Kansas City, Missouri passed peacefully in her sleep early morning on Monday, August 6, 2018. Jennie was born in Kansas City, KS to Louis ad Maria (Contreras) Vargas and attended Claire Barton School in Argentine. Jennie worked at Wilson’s Meat Company for 30 years, which is where she met her husband Jesse of 60 years. When Wilson’s moved out of Kansas City in 1976, she went to work for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was there until she retired at the age of 65. In 1983, Jennie was selected as Woman of the Year by the members of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), and attended the national convention in Las Vegas where she received a special award given for her ABWA active participation. She started enjoyed her retirement life in 1993 by being more involved in church activities and fundraisers – making Italian cookies for the St. Joseph Table, making tamales for Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, working Bingos and Taco dinners, etc. She was always there to lend a hand where she could. She also enjoyed watching the Royals games, traveling, and spending time with all her family and friends. She is survived by her husband Jesse; daughter, Jessica Rizza; two granddaughters, Erica Hubbs and Christina (Juan) Quijano and great grandchildren Oliva and David Hubbs and Dominic and Nico Quijano; step-children Carolina Arroyo (Ivan Jaksic); Alicia Arroyo; Raul (Wendi) Arroyo; Maria (Juan) Ontiveros; 7 step-grandchildren, and 9 step-great-grandchildren; plus her brother Ben Vargas; sister Carmen Richardson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 9 at McGilley Midtown Chapel, 20 W. Linwood Blvd, KCMO, with Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 10 at Holy Cross Church, 5106 St. John Ave. KCMO. Inurnment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, KCMO.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Rosary Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 10, 2018

Jennie Arroyo

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Joette Cariddi Brownrigg

August 8, 2018

Mr. Arroyo and Jessica, I was so saddened to read about the loss of your wife and mother. As I look back on days of old, I remember her as such a beautiful woman always so neat and tidy. But most of all I remember her kindness and graciousness. Such a wonderful person. I know how badly she will be missed. There is no one that can replace the love of a mother or a lifelong partner. I pray that you will find strength from those around you who love you and from Jesus Christ above. Love to you. Joette Cariddi Brownrigg