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Patricia Lynn "Tricia" Vaughn

April 23, 1964 - January 10, 2023 


Patricia Lynn Vaughn, “Tricia”, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Born on April 23, 1964, she was a lifelong Prairie Village resident. She went to Tomahawk Elementary, followed by her daughter and then her granddaughter, a legacy for which she was immensely proud. She went to Broadmoor Middle School, graduated from Shawnee Mission West in 1982 and attended the University of Kansas.  As a child, Tricia spent family vacations fishing in Minnesota.  On one fishing trip, she discovered “water chickens” swimming in the lake, to the amusement of the grown-ups within earshot. From that point forward, ducks became known as water chickens.  She and her brother Brent also observed a rare pterodactyl in the wilds of northern Minnesota. Skeptics maintained it was a great blue heron, but her story never changed. Tricia’s love of fishing grew to include camping and canoeing. Family and friends will recall numerous good times at Melvern Lake, on the rivers of southern Missouri, and at the family cabin in Kansas. She delighted in being a Girl Scout leader and, because she was always prepared, quickly became the designated campfire-starter. Tricia was fiercely independent and loyal, had a quick wit and wicked sense of humor. She could do anything she set her mind to. If you told her she couldn’t, she’d show you she could. In a game of choosing sides, Tricia was the one you wanted on your team. She enjoyed gardening and perennially spotted the first Naked Ladies popping up from the ground in Spring. She was a champion dart thrower. She collected flamingoes. She loved thunderstorms.


Most importantly, she was devoted to her beloved daughter and, more recently, her granddaughters. To Tricia, they were “my girls,” and her love for them knew no bounds.


Words cannot express how much she will be missed.


She is survived by her daughter, Hannah Duenas and husband Raul, step-grandson Jeffery and granddaughters Makenzie and Oaklynn, all of Overland Park. She also leaves behind her parents Kenneth and Marilyn Vaughn, brother Brent Vaughn and wife Anna Gepson, all of Prairie Village, brother Craig Vaughn and wife Cindy, nephew Ryan Vaughn, niece Stephanie Simkins and husband Doug and their children Declan, Weston and Peyton, all of Longmont, Colorado.


A celebration of life will be held on Saturday February 18th, from 1:00-3:00 pm, in the multipurpose room within Asbury United Methodist Church located at 5400 W 75th Street Prairie Village, Kansas 66208.

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Celebration of Life
Asbury United Methodist Church - Multipurpose Room
5400 W. 75th St.
Prairie Village
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Date of Service:
Feb 18, 2023
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1:00 pm
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Dorie Muzquiz Jan 19, 2023

Friend ,Mission ,Kansas

Words can't express my sadness in learning Tricia has passed away. A great lesson has been learned; life is short and we are not promised tomorrow. Although she and I had not spoken for several years, my memories of her will be treasured. The birth of Hannah, Going to the races, fire pit in the driveway, going to the farm, apple festival, and so many laughs with Tricia, my brother, Brent and many others. She was a tough cookie but also so loving and gentle. I am sorry for the family... One thing is true, Tricia loved FAMILY. HANNAH, BIG HUGs to you and your girls... You were and always will be the light in Tricia's life. God Bless.

Gina Geary Deer Jan 20, 2023

School mate - West ,Houston ,Texas

My deepest condolence to your family and friends. I knew Tricia in high school and I saw her at the reunions. She always smiled and was welcoming. I knew she had a huge circle of friends in high school.

Christie Goebel Jan 20, 2023

To the Vaughn family, I am so sorry to hear about Tricia. She was my best friend for years at SMW. I had so many good times with her; and with you all. My deepest condolences.

Julie Patterson Jan 20, 2023

Co Worker at UKHS ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I'm so sorry for your loss. Tricia was a wonderful co-worker and I enjoyed getting to work with her for the last few years. I loved her sense of humor and all of the stories and pictures she shared of her sweet grandbabies. She was SO proud of Makenzie and the videos shared of little Oaklynn would bring smiles to everyone here. I'll miss her here with us. I'm keeping you all in my prayers and hope that the sweet memories with her bring you peace in the hard days ahead.

Linda Gorman Jan 25, 2023

friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

John and I have fond memories of Tricia. Well mostly, she and Leigh found lots of trouble.Her smile will be missed. We are sad for you and all her family

Janie Hoyland Feb 06, 2023

Childhood friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

I am heartbroken to hear this. I remember Tricia so fondly - we played together for so many years and I remember the inside of your house, Marilyn and Ken, as well as I do my own. I hope she rests in peace and love and my deepest sympathies to all of you.