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Christa Lynn Patrick (September 8, 1970 – October 22, 2021)
For those who called Christa Patrick a family member, or a friend, “loyal” seems too small a word to describe this strong woman who gave so much of herself to so many. Christa passed away peacefully at her mother’s home in Merriam, KS on Friday, October 22, 2021, after a valiant four-and-a-half-year battle against Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Christa was born in Redwood City, CA. Soon after, she moved with her family to Boise, ID, and then on to the Kansas City area as a teenager. She graduated from Blue Springs High School, attended the University of Central Missouri, then transferred and graduated from the University of Kansas. Christa was a KU fan through and through. She took her mom and nieces to many games and cheered on the Jayhawks without fail. Christa was a proud member of Sigma Kappa sorority, which she credited for bringing her “out of her shell” and for the start of several lifelong friendships.
Christa began a profession in radio in the early 90s. It took her to Tallahassee, FL, Minneapolis, MN, and Bristol, CT. She filled various roles from on-air personality to audio engineer to writer. Over her 30-year career, she also enjoyed being Director of Community Relations for the KC Command Arena Football Team and a KMBC-9 TV Helicopter Traffic Reporter. In 2005, Christa’s lifelong passion for sports led to her dream job at ESPN writing for the Mike & Mike show. She returned to Kansas City in 2011 and was thrilled to celebrate Royals World Series and Chiefs Super Bowl appearances while working for 810 Sports Radio and the Chiefs Radio Network. Christa worked her last show on October 17, when the Chiefs beat the Washington Football Team. She diligently trained her replacement in her final weeks, and had been texting to encourage him just hours before her passing. Whether Christa was on-air, on the game-day field, in a helicopter, or behind a sound board, she was fully dedicated to the highest quality production and always put her team and colleagues first.
Christa loved to go fishing. Her best days were spent on the water, in her kayak, with a fishing pole. Any time was a good time to cast a line and she did so skillfully. Without fail, she had the biggest catch of the day. Christa enjoyed adventure. Some of her favorite travels were to Arizona to visit family, attend Royals Spring Training, and even raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. She loved visiting Boston to take in Red Sox games at Fenway Park almost as much as she loved an afternoon at The K. She spent countless hours of her free time participating in local fundraising events such as BIGGSteps Kansas City, where in 2017 she was honored by being chosen to speak and recite the Runner’s Prayer. Christa was always drawn to sporty cars. In the 90s, she could be spotted in her red Dodge Stealth, and most recently in her blue Tesla Model 3.
Christa is preceded in death by her beloved brother, Kevin Paul Patrick, as well as faithful animal companions, Tami, Jazz, and Sweet Pea. Left to cherish her memory are her mother and stepfather, Stella and Ralph Gundelfinger of Merriam, KS; father, Vern Patrick of Boise, ID; sister-in-law Mary Kathleen (Kathy) Patrick of Olathe, KS; nieces and goddaughters, Mackenzie and Megan; extended family and numerous friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 11am on Monday, November 8, at Church of the Resurrection-Downtown, 1601 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108. Christa’s family encourages mask-wearing and current local mask requirements will be observed. Livestream will be available at cor.org/memorialsonline.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to: The V Foundation for Cancer Research, www.v.org, 14600 Weston Parkway Cary, North Carolina 27513.