Frances Vargo

Frances Kay Vargo

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Frances Kay Guyer Vargo, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 31, 2020 from terminal Lewy

Body disease with her son Guy by her side. Due to her testing positive for Covid-19, her children and

grandchildren said their goodbyes via Zoom shortly before she passed. She was born in Elkin, North Carolina

daughter of the late Dillard Grant Guyer and Lena Edna Gentry Guyer where she was one of ten siblings who

grew up on a dairy farm. She was humble of her family lineage that pre-dates our country and history of North

Carolina. Her ancestors arrived on the Mayflower and fought in the American Revolution.

After graduating from Elkin High School, she moved to Washington DC, and went to work for the FBI. While in

DC she met Mike, the love of her life. They were married at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in North Carolina and

were happily married for 61 years. Following their marriage, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she

continued to work with the FBI until the birth of their first son Michael, Jr. While in Pittsburgh, they had two more

children, Lisa and Guy. In 1970 they moved to Idaho Falls where they have lived ever since. Their daughter

LeAnn was born in Idaho.

She loved to garden, have lunch with her friends, volunteer at St. Vincent’s, and along with her daughters was

actively involved with Girl Scouts and youth golf. She attended Christ the King church. She enjoyed making

family meals and celebrating the holidays with her family. She adored her grandchildren and spending time with

them. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend; she will be greatly missed.

Along with her parents, Kay is preceded in passing by her loving husband Michael Stephen Vargo; her sisters,

Maurine Wagoner, Hilda Wilcoxen, Vena Sprinkle, Linda McCann, and Patsy Jo Guyer; and her brothers, Marvin

Guyer, D.G. Guyer, Bill Guyer, and Ervin Guyer. She is survived by her four children Michael Vargo, Jr., partner

Anita Douglas, of Pinedale, Wyoming, Lisa Vargo, husband Troy Shearer, of Seattle, Washington, Guy Vargo, of

Idaho Falls, Idaho and LeAnn Vargo Scalzo, husband David Scalzo, of Seattle, Washington; two grandchildren,

Ariel Adams and Colin Shearer; two step grandchildren, Nick Scalzo and Luke Scalzo; and many nieces,

nephews and extended family members.

Mike and Kay lived at Fairwinds during the last several years. The family would like to thank the staff at

Fairwinds and all providers who assisted Kay (including Mark Osadchey who performed miracles as her physical

therapist, OneSource Home Health, and Alliance Hospice) for the loving care they provided to Kay and Mike

during their time at Fairwinds.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, a memorial service and reception will be held in the future (hopefully late

summer 2021) when it is safe to do so and the family and friends can gather to celebrate her life along with the

life of her beloved Mike.

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Charles A Allen

Posted at 01:46pm
During the years of raising our families, we saw Kay and Mike frequently - Boy Scouts, and so very many sporting events. They were always just there. Tony, my husband wrote on Mikes page, and I will write on Kays. I remember one incident in particular that I can never forget about Kay as the quintessential mother. Guy was in a good deal of pain, and Kay took him to the hospital saying that she thought his appendix had ruptured. She was told (in Dr. speak) that she was not able to diagnose such things. I can't remember whether she took him home for a while (I think she did) - but almost too many hours later, her 'mother hunch" was proved correct. Guy nearly died. I remember being so sympathetic for her anger that she could not be listened to, and her misery watching her son suffer. She suffered too. I firmly believe Dr.s should listen to mothers.

The loss of both Kay and Mike- so close together- is such a heavy load. They were good people. Please accept our sincere sympathy during this time,. Peace be with you all.
Gloria and Tony Allen

LeAnn Vargo Scalzo Posted at 03:50pm

Thank you Gloria and Tony for sharing your kind words - and especially this story! I didn't know my mom took Guy to the hospital the first time. I drove Guy to the hospital the second time when he got admitted. I'm not sure if I had an "official" drivers license yet, however my poor brother had to deal with me driving his car with manual shift gears. Not a good mix of new driver, bad shifting, and a big brother groaning that he was going to die! Yes - Mom should have been heard. She did know best! Best wishing, stay safe and well, LeAnn

nancy carpenedo

Posted at 05:02pm
We are sorry to read of your parents death so close together. We have fond memories of them in th e old hockey days. Our thoughts are with all of you
Nancy and Bob Carpenedo

LeAnn Vargo Scalzo Posted at 03:44pm

Thank you so much for your kind words. I personally find it helpful in celebrating their lives, rather than this prolonged limbo of grief with COVID-19 restrictions.

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