Christine Louise Hermes transitioned from this life peacefully and with great dignity on August 19, 2018. She was at home, surrounded by her devoted and adoring family. Her room was full of twinkling candles, beautiful music, fragrant flowers, and a palpable outpouring of love from the tribe of angels around her.
Christine was born on June 9, 1964 in Colorado Springs to Harry and Suzanne Scurr. She was the 6th of 7 children, preceded in death by Brian and survived by her loving sisters and brothers Lindsay, Mark, Lorrie, Sheri, Ryan, and her remarkable mother, Suzanne. Her childhood was an enchanted one, a story of darling innocence and adventure marked by racing ponies, hiking mountains, and tromping around the Broadmoor Hotel. Following her parents’ divorce at age 4, it became Christine’s life mission to recreate family.
In August of 1978 at age 14, Christine met Dalton Hermes, the love of her life, and embarked on a head over heels journey of 40 years in which they created the beautiful family of her dreams. Christine was a beloved mother to Anastasia, Sarah, John, Abraham, and Grace who are beacons to the world of the very best of her goodness and light.
Christine’s innate spirit of “mother” touched everyone who knew her. While she proudly birthed five children, she was also a selfless mother to everyone around her – friends, family, strangers, young and old. She was a nurturer and cultivator of all creatures and her span of mothering extended far and wide.
Christine was a lover and student of life. She made the most of every moment and instilled magic in every celebration. Her remarkable outer beauty was made almost impossibly brighter by her inner beauty, charm and innate sense of joy. Her megawatt smile and childlike giggle drew everyone into her circle of love. She made the bitter moments of life sweeter, the hard edges of the world softer.
It is no hyperbole to say that Christine did everything well. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in English Literature and was a gifted writer. She was a self-taught scholar of health and wellness, personal development and spiritual growth, making her a superb life coach long before she became certified as one in 2017. She was an effortless hostess and gourmet cook. When you were lucky enough to eat a homemade meal by Christine, you were fed both in body and soul. She was a natural athlete, a yoga instructor, a graceful dancer, a competitive tennis player…she excelled at everything she touched.
Christine fought a heroine’s battle with stomach cancer since January 2018. A true-life Wonder Woman, she faced the unimaginable challenge and discomfort of this journey with courage, intention, grace, and grit that inspired every single person privileged to witness it.
Her presence here will be deeply and profoundly missed, but her spirit will continue to inspire us beyond the constructs of space and time. She will be felt most closely in our moments of connection, joy, celebration, kindness, gratitude, forgiveness and peace.
We love you Christine, our Mama, our Sister, our Daughter, our Wife, our Coach, our Teacher, our Friend, our Angel.
Thank you, oh Beautiful Soul.
Friends and family are welcome to attend Christine’s Life Celebration the morning of Friday, August 24 at Unity Temple on the Plaza: 707 W 47th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 64112.
The schedule for the Life Celebration will be:
9:30am to 11:00am: Family Receiving Line
11:00am to 12:00pm: Memorial Service
12:00pm to 1:00pm: Lunch Reception & Open Mic at Eden Alley
Note: The Open Mic was Christine’s special request for this celebration. We hope you’ll join our family to share a special meal, Christine s favorite lemon cake, and your favorite stories and memories from this extraordinary woman.
Those who wish may donate in Christine ’s name to:
Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI): https://ccvi.org/donation-form
Africa Yoga Project: https://www.africayogaproject.org/pages/make-a-donation
Children & Nature Network: https://www.childrenandnature.org/donatenow/