Deidre Lee Chase-Estes, 50, Leawood, passed away Tuesday July 14, 2020. The world lost a beautiful, loving, kind, compassionate, fashionable, sassy, funny, and wonderful person. She was a beloved wife, daughter, niece, cousin and friend to many. She was a long-time hostess at JJ’s Restaurant. She loved her time there and met some of the best friends of her life working there. She greeted people with a larger than life smile. She loved her family, her cats, travel, floating around in her pool, and fancy nights out on the town with her husband, Ken. She always looked out for others and cried when she read sad news about animals, children, and injustices in the world. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 11, 1970. She graduated from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
She was preceded in death by her aunt, Jan Chase-Nelson; uncles: Dick Chase and Steve Westphal. Deidre is survived by her husband and best friend, Kenneth Estes; mother, Ginger Chase; father and stepmother, Jack and Elizabeth Chase; stepson, Marcus Guthrie; brother, Nathan Chase; half-brother, Lonnie Hartsock; half-sister, Lynn Hartsock; aunts: June Westphal and Laurie "Kinky" Janes(Bob); Uncle, Bruce Nelson; cousins: Holly Lafavor(Tim), Stephanie Callahan(Jeff), Samantha Westphal - Schram, Erik Nelson, Greg Reeson(Michelle), Bonnie Keating and Richard Chase(Rachel); and her two beloved cats: Sadie and Nigel.
Visitation will be 6-8:00pm Wednesday July 22nd at the Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave. A service to celebrate her life will be 10:00am Thursday at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in memory of Deidre to St. Jude’s Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, Northern Plains Reservation Aide or Shriners Hospital for Children.
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