In Memory of

Lucille M. Mendez

January 8, 1942 - December 4, 2022


Lucille M. Mendez, 80 passed away unexpectedly Sunday December 4, 2022 at St Luke’s East Hospital Lee’s Summit MO. She was born January 8, 1942 in Kansas City, MO. One of five children to the late John and Marguerette Simsheuser. Lucille was a devoted wife for 63 years to the late Ray H. Mendez, married on June 20, 1959 and had 4 children. Lucille worked as a lunch lady at Meadow Lane Elementary School in Lee’s Summit, The Better Cheddar on the Plaza, Classic Catering, and baby-sat kids as well. Her main job was a homemaker in raising their 4 kids. Lucille was an active member of Southwood Church of the Nazarene in Raytown, MO for 20+ years. Lucille was a volunteer at Lee’s Summit Hospital for 15 years and Habitat for Humanity. Lucille enjoyed going to casino’s, traveling in their RV, estate sales, watching Food Network, Hallmark Channel, game shows, her favorite the Golden Girls, and loved spending time with her family. Lucille enjoyed her days with her grandson’s dog Samson. Samson was her sidekick and he was always sitting by her on the couch, laying at her feet, or right behind her wherever she went. He was her protector up till the end.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ray H. Mendez, both parents John and Marguerette Simsheuser, and a sister Charlotte Coleman.

Survivors include her 4 kids; son Ray H. Mendez II (Sarah) of Killeen, TX, daughter’s Angie Johnson of Lee’s Summit, MO, Michelle Hedrick (Roger) of Mt. Vernon OH, Cheryl Wohlgemuth (Bryan) of Independence, MO. Grandchildren, Colby Johnson (Alison) of Kansas City MO, Nicole Shipley (Chris) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Michael Hedrick (Tessa) of Bladensburg, OH, Allie Mendez of Killeen, TX, Cassie Garcia (Salom) of Dallas, TX, Tyler Hedrick of Mt. Vernon, OH, Gabe Mendez of Lee’s Summit MO, Drew Hedrick (Emily) of MT. Vernon, OH Jayci Wohlgemuth of Independence, MO. Great grandchildren, Ellie Johnson of Greenwood, MO, Porter Shipley of Lee’s Summit, MO, Luca Hedrick of Bladensburg, OH, Sage Johnson of Kansas City, MO, Marley Hedrick Bladensburg, OH, and Ryanne Shipley of Lee’s Summit, MO. Brother Ron Simsheuser (Linda) Independence, MO, Sister Bonnie (Tom) Holt, MO, and brother Michael Simsheuser of Kansas City, MO.

Lucille never met a stranger she would talk to anyone and everyone she came into contact with. Family was her whole world she enjoyed her kids and grandkids. She will be truly missed!

Visitation will be Thursday, December 8, 200 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Langsford Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM, Friday December 9, 2022 at Lee’s Summit Cemetery, 806 SE 3rd St, all are welcome to the graveside service

Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


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What a beautiful obituary. Sounds like your she lived full life and had so many loving family members. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Iam so sorry for the loss if I can do anything please let me know again sorry for the loss.

Lucille was an amazing woman of love, caring, and support. Her friendship with my mother, Edith Harrington, was exceptional in every way. They both had a great sense of humor, a big smile on their faces, and a big laugh as they enjoyed each other and the mutual giving they gave to others. They were both active members of the Southwood Church of the Nazarene in Raytown, Mo. Lucille became a member of our family. With my brother and I living in Texas, my mother’s emergency contact card in her purse gave directions to call Lucille first. If Lucille could handle it for mother, my brother and I would never hear about it until after the fact, if then. Lucille was the one who would determine whether she should reach out to me as the oldest son and get me involved. My father passed away when my mother was 77 years old. During the next 15 years until my mother passed away at the age of 92, my mother thrived in no small part because of Lucille’s close and loving relationship. She was family to all of us and will forever be in my memory. I cannot think of my mother’s last 15 years without also thinking of Lucille at the same time. Rest in peace, my dear friend, Lucille. We love you for who you were and for all you did for our family.

Our condolences go to the Mendez family. The Mendez family was our neighbor in Lees Summit for 22 years- Lucille was a very nice person- our daughters grew up together so I got to visit with Lucille often. I know she will be missed by many people- my prayers are with the family. The Witmer family

Only today we learned about Lucille’s death. So many found memories related to the dear Mendez family! Our last time together was a surprise encounter at a Gaithers’ Christmas event , years ago. Now , Lucille is with Jesus. To the family, our love and prayers for God’s grace during this difficult time of separation.


Thursday, December 8, 2022
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Friday, December 9, 2022
2:00 PM Graveside Service
Lee's Summit Cemetery
806 SE 3rd St.
Lee's Summit, MO 64063