OBITUARY

Carol Jean Hermes

January 14, 1945May 18, 2018
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Carol Jean Kent Hermes, 73, of Newburgh, IN went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Carol passed away in her home, as she had desired, surrounded by those that loved her. She was born January 14, 1945 in Peoria, IL to the late Ralph “Pete” and Doris (Elliott) Wheeler.

Carol graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1967, and was appointed Assistant Administrator for Nursing Service at St. Mary’s in 1970. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Evansville in 1974. While at St. Mary’s, Carol served as Vice President, Patient Care Services Division, and later as Executive Director, Home Health Care Agency, before transitioning to her second passion, teaching, in 1995.

She served as an Instructor and later Director for the Health Services Program at the University of Southern Indiana. Before her retirement in 2006, she proudly worked as Director, Master of Health Administration Program, which she had initiated and developed.

Carol was a charter member, and Past President of the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives. She was appointed by Governor Bowen as President of the Indiana State Board of Nurses’ Registration and Nursing Education. Additionally, Carol was awarded her Fellowship by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, JR Hermes; son, Nathan Kent (Lori) of Cadiz, KY; grandchildren, Alexis Kent, Jacob Kent, and Emily Kent each of Cadiz, Dominique Vanover (Derek) of Lewisport, KY, Laine Hermes of Owensboro, KY; great-grandchildren, Kevin Vanover, Jimmie Vanover each of Lewisport, KY, and Rylee Duke of Owensboro.

Carol was a faithful member of Providence Church. She assisted in the vacation Bible school program, and was an advocate for the Operation Christmas Child program, which collected shoe boxes of gifts for children all over the world, as a part of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse. Carol also attended Bible Study Fellowship classes which she thoroughly enjoyed. She will be greatly missed by her Church, neighbors, friends, and family.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Providence Church, located within the Eastside Christian Church building at 2001 East Bayard Park Drive in Evansville, officiated by Pastor Jerry Straight with burial in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit 4-8 PM on Friday at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261, Newburgh, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Southern Indiana Carol Kent Hermes MHA Scholarship Endowment.

  • FAMILY

  • J. R. Hermes, Husband
  • Nathan Kent (Lori), Son
  • Alexis Kent, Grandchild
  • Jacob Kent, Grandchild
  • Emily Kent, Grandchild
  • Dominique Vanover (Derek), Grandchild
  • Laine Hermes, Grandchild
  • Kevin Vanover, Great-Grandchild
  • Jimmie Vanover, Great-Grandchild
  • Rylee Duke, Great-Grandchild

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 26, 2018
REMEMBERING

Carol Jean Hermes

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Sue Kerr

May 28, 2018

To Carol's family

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of Carol at St. Mary's. She was a mentor to me, a supporter for all my endeavors, and a shoulder to cry on. I'm sorry I couldn't have been in Evansville to give her a hug and tell her how much she meant to me.
Please know that she will always hold a special place in my heart.

Sue Kerr

Marilyn S. Allen

May 22, 2018

JR & Family,
My prayers and sympathy go to you as Carol J. is now at peace and in the hands of the Lord.
I regret that I will not be able to return to Evansville for her Memorial but know that I will be with all of you in spirit.
There are so many memories to share but time would not allow - as one of the original "Epiladies", she brought joy and laughter to all 12 of us. She opened her home, threw some of the best lunches ever and was generous with her time and talents. Her presence in the group - both in fun and work were felt by many. She will be missed. Marilyn Schmidt Allen

Ted Sturges

May 21, 2018

To J.R. and Nathan,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Carol. It was a privilege knowing her, serving her, and in being her friend. I will miss her as I know you both will. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Very sincerely yours,

Ted Sturges
Carmel, Indiana

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Biography

Carol Jean Kent Hermes, 73, of Newburgh, IN went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Carol passed away in her home, as she had desired, surrounded by those that loved her. She was born January 14, 1945 in Peoria, IL to the late Ralph “Pete” and Doris (Elliott) Wheeler.

Carol graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1967, and was appointed Assistant Administrator for Nursing Service at St. Mary’s in 1970. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Evansville in 1974. While at St. Mary’s, Carol served as Vice President, Patient Care Services Division, and later as Executive Director, Home Health Care Agency, before transitioning to her second passion, teaching, in 1995.

She served as an Instructor and later Director for the Health Services Program at the University of Southern Indiana. Before her retirement in 2006, she proudly worked as Director, Master of Health Administration Program, which she had initiated and developed.

Carol was a charter member, and Past President of the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives. She was appointed by Governor Bowen as President of the Indiana State Board of Nurses’ Registration and Nursing Education. Additionally, Carol was awarded her Fellowship by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, JR Hermes; son, Nathan Kent (Lori) of Cadiz, KY; grandchildren, Alexis Kent, Jacob Kent, and Emily Kent each of Cadiz, Dominique Vanover (Derek) of Lewisport, KY, Laine Hermes of Owensboro, KY; great-grandchildren, Kevin Vanover, Jimmie Vanover each of Lewisport, KY, and Rylee Duke of Owensboro.

Carol was a faithful member of Providence Church. She assisted in the vacation Bible school program, and was an advocate for the Operation Christmas Child program, which collected shoe boxes of gifts for children all over the world, as a part of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse. Carol also attended Bible Study Fellowship classes which she thoroughly enjoyed. She will be greatly missed by her Church, neighbors, friends, and family.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Providence Church, located within the Eastside Christian Church building at 2001 East Bayard Park Drive in Evansville, officiated by Pastor Jerry Straight with burial in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit 4-8 PM on Friday at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261, Newburgh, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Southern Indiana Carol Kent Hermes MHA Scholarship Endowment.