Marlene Marie Soares
January 2, 1955 - September 2, 2021
Shawnee, Kansas - Marlene Marie Soares, 66, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away on September 2 after a year-long struggle against lung cancer.
She is survived by husband Dr. Michael J. Soares; son Jared Soares (Katelyn Polantz), of Washington, DC; and in Hawaii: mother Basilia Bagoyo; brothers Felix Bagoyo Jr. (Corinne), Michael Bagoyo (Stephanie), Rodney Bagoyo; sisters Denise Banua (Dino), Francine Kekona; and eleven nieces and nephews. Her father Felix Bagoyo Sr. and niece Kaitlin Bagoyo precede her in death.
Born in Waipahu, Hawaii, Marlene spread Aloha spirit to everyone she met. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, she retired from a three-decade nursing career at Overland Park Regional hospital's NICU in 2016.
An accomplished quilter, Marlene sewed numerous quilts over the years, most of which she gifted to family and friends. But her greatest joy came from raising her son Jared.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Amos Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee. Please respect the family's wishes that masks be worn properly at all times during the visitation and social distancing is observed.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160, to benefit underrepresented students at the KU School of Nursing. Online contributions may be made at www.kuendowment.org/give
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Published by Kansas City Star on Sep. 12, 2021.