It is with great sadness that the family of Stephanie (Hercules) Whitney announces her peaceful passing on July 22, 2021, at the age of 50 years. Stephanie will forever be adored by her two daughters, her best friends, Brittanie (23) and Courtney (20). She also left behind her beloved dogs, Chili and Beans.
Stephanie will also be lovingly remembered by her brother Brent Hercules, and her niece Lilly Moore. She was also very fond of her extended family that included numerous loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Barry & Linda Hercules (Lenexa, KS); Grandparents, Leonard & Rhea Turner (Mission, KS) and grandparents, William Phillip and Dorothy Hercules (Overland Park, KS); Uncle and aunt, Leonard & Lianne Turner (Roeland Park, KS), and uncle and aunt, Mike & Beverly Hercules (Overland Park, KS).
Stephanie was born on Halloween, October 31st, 1970, in Merriam, KS, but spent most of her youth in Sunrise Beach, MO. She graduated from Camdenton High School in 1989, eventually graduating from Southwest Missouri State University in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration. During college she was a proud member of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, where she developed devoted and lifelong relationships. Upon graduation, Stephanie earned a well-deserved reputation as an excellent software trainer working for several companies throughout the course of her career. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling, volunteering and being out in nature with her daughters. She spent the last 16 years in the greater Kansas City area.
Since Stephanie was a little girl growing up, she was known to be the life of every social gathering. Her larger-than-life presence and outgoing personality will forever be remembered by her acquaintances, friends, family, and daughters. She was a proud, supportive, and loving mother who was devoted to her daughters and their passions. She lived her life to the fullest and undoubtedly would want her memory to be the same for years to come.
A sincere thank you for your love and support during this difficult time and transition for our family. Any condolences may be provided on her behalf to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, towards a scholarship fund for the NAAF conference, an event she cherished attending every year with Courtney – https://support.naaf.org/StephWhitney.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 31st at 1 – 2 pm at Overland Park Christian Church (7600 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS). Shortly after we will gather for a celebration of life from 2:30 – 5 pm at The Other Place (7324 W 80th St, Overland Park, KS). At 3 pm you are encouraged to join us in sharing memories of Stephanie.
Thank you from Stephanie’s daughters, Brittanie & Courtney.
I’m so sorry to hear this. I will not be able to attend due to previously arranged event. I considered Stephanie a friend since our High School years. I graduated a year ahead of her & lost touch with her for years but re-engaged with her via Facebook. She’d respond “like” on posts quite often which always caused me to smile & remember my friend. I’ll always remember her smiling. I never saw her frown.
Rest In Peace my friend. ?
I am terribly saddened to hear this. I will treasure my memories of Stephanie from our elementary years through adulthood. She will be remembered by the many lives she touched.
So sorry for your loss. I have such great memories with her as a child in the same cove!
I graduated with Stephanie and I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a ray of sunshine everywhere she went. Prayers for the family. She will be missed for sure.
So very sorry for your loss. I went to school with your Mom. Such a beautiful soul. She was always kind and fun to be around. Praying for you and your family. ❤
So sorry. My heart goes out to you.
Still hasn’t hit me yet. Can’t believe she’s gone. I feel so bad for you girls and send you hugs and love. 🙁
Stephanie was one of my best friends at Husch and I continue to miss talking with her all the time. I was just thinking about her yesterday after her name popped up early in the morning. You have my deepest condolences.
I’m very sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family and wishing you peace in this difficult time. May God’s love comfort you.
I went to school with Stephanie since 4th grade. I’m at a loss for words. My prayers to all of the family. Gone too soon!
She was a bright light in this world.I knew her from Camdenton Junior High and High School. Stephanie was one of those people who made you smile and laugh. I have known her for years and like everyone from my school days I reconnected with her on facebook. I love she shared her family pictures with me and her girls many accomplishments. My heart goes out to you beautiful girls and I am sending love and light to you both and to her family and friends.
My heart goes out to you. I went to college with Stephanie, and was in Alpha Kappa Psi with her. She was a beautiful person inside and out. My prayers are with you. God Bless, Patty Lugo
I am very sorry for your loss.
Brittany and Courtney,
I am so sorry for your loss! Sending you huge hugs and prayers during this difficult time. All my love!
So many good memories of her time in Clayton house
So hard to comprehend! You guys remain in my prayers. Hold on to the crazy, fun memories together with your mom.
I am so sorry to hear of Stephanie’s passing. My condolences to all her family. Stephanie was such a bright light and had a smile all the time.
Rest in peace, my friend. I’ll always remember her infectious smile and all those times in junior high she wouldn’t let me get off the phone. Semper Fi
You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. We used to catch the school bus together every morning. I considered her one of my friends. She was always nice to me when others were not. She had a great heart.
This is such a loss. Stephanie was beautiful inside and out.
I am so sorry for your loss. I graduated high school with Stephanie. She was always so kind and was fun to be around.
I’m praying for the family and friends she will be missed we went to school together from kindergarten through 9th grade she is an awesome person. God Bless y’all
So so sorry to hear of this news. She was a fun loving great person who will be missed immensely. Praying for peace and comfort for her daughters, family, doggies, and friends. God Bless
Brittanie and Courtney, I am so sorry to hear your Mom past away. This is very devesting news, honestly I’m speechless. When we met your Mom, all she would talk about was about her daughter’s. Your Mom was a very loving and caring person. My deepest condolences to the family. Brittanie and Courtney, if you need anything please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be praying for you two and your family, we’ll see you on Saturday. Take care.
I still can’t comprehend the passing of Stephanie! She was such a beautiful person, her laugh was so contagious. I love getting to know her through the years. She loved her girls so very much and was so proud of you both! You are both in our prayers during this difficult time. Cherish your memories of your mom, they will help comfort you.
Stephanie was bright, fun, hilarious, and had a beautiful heart. I have so many fun memories with her. I’m so sorry to hear about this loss and send love to her family.