Mercedes Summer Chavez

Mercedes Summer Chavez, 43, beloved daughter of Gene and Linda (Murphy) Chavez, passed away at her home in Merriam, Kansas on June 17, 2022. Mercedes was born on September 1, 1978 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and was a graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School.

Mercedes was kind, gentle, and would help friends in need if she could. Her beautiful smile, sparkling laugh and great sense of humor will remain forever in our hearts. Her hugs were heartfelt and amazing.

Mercedes had a special fondness for shelter dogs and stray cats and had adopted a few over the years. Grover was her special adoptee and he misses her greatly. She was a voracious reader from a very early age and could always be found with a book in her hand, often ones she had read more than a few times. She had a great love of music of all genres and possessed a large collection of her favorite CDs. She loved twinkling lights, handheld fans, glamour and glitter. Mercedes was passionate about all things Dr. Who and attended many Comic-Con events. She loved movies and always sat through all the credits at the end of the film as she felt it only right to acknowledge all workers.

Mercedes was preceded in death by her brother, Spencer Chavez; grandparents Roy, Sr. and Maxine Murphy, Joann Comer and Clarence Chavez; uncles Roy Murphy, Jr., Roy Gene Murphy, Jerry Olson, and Louis Chavez; Aunts Joanie Chavez, Barb Liberty, and Shirley Brown. She is survived by her Aunts Harriett (Stan) Curtis, Patricia Murphy, Sharon (Raphael) Darveaux, Carol Olson, Teri (Dave) McClain, Denise Chavez, and Vesta Cochran; Uncles Vince (Robin) Chavez, Stan Chavez, and Don (Pat) Murphy, and many cousins.

A private memorial service will be held for Mercedes at a later date.


  1. Denise Chavez on July 5, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    My deepest condolences, I’m so sorry to hear that she has passed,and you guy’s are in my prayers for comfort and strength, let me know if there is anything I can do…????

  2. Robin Chavez on July 5, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Oh my! So sorry to hear of your special precious little girl. My condolences. I will pray for you to have comfort in this time of need. Please let me know if you need anything. I will be here! Love you guys

  3. Darcy Bohannon on July 5, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    My heart is broken. My goodness I’m so so sorry. My prayers will be with you guys always.

  4. Derek Johnson on July 5, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I’m lost for word but my heart hurts really bad. My condolences to Uncle Gene and Aunt Linda.

  5. Mercedes's Aunt Carol on July 6, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Our precious Mercedes will be missed. We will hold the memories of our beautiful niece in our hearts forever. Sending my love.

  6. Greg and Beverly Monroe on July 6, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Gene, Linda,
    We cannot find the right words to express how sorry we both are to hear the loss of your beautiful daughter Mercedes. Gene we hope that one day soon we will hear from you. We love you and miss you. You are both in our prayers.

    Bev and Greg Monroe

  7. Aunt Pat on July 6, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Sending my love to you. Beautiful Mercedes will always be in my heart.

  8. Margaret & Harland McGinty on July 6, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Sounds like She was a beautiful woman and person inside and out , so sorry for your loss I never met her but I know she will be greatly missed , hope Linda and Gene are doing ok never easy to lose a child I speak from experience ,they are with you every day , our heartfelt sympathy for you both .

  9. Ressa Roehr on July 11, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    My heart is heavy and feels your sadness! I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers for comfort and peace!

  10. Chayme Childs on August 11, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Uncle Gene and Aunt Linda I am not sure what to say to bring you comfort but I am so sad to hear about my cousin and I am sorry you both have to go through this. She was always so sweet and kind to me and I will always remember her. I love you both and will hold you in my prayers.

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