On December 14 at the age 75, Christopher Hunter Miracle passed peacefully in his Iowa City home. By the grace of God, he took his last breaths surrounded in songs by his wife and best-friend Ann, his daughters Stephanie, Erin and Mary, his son-in-law Jimmy and his four-year-old grandson Christopher James Miracle.
Chris’ life-long ambition was to help those around him. His possessions included chess boards, old coins, 4-leaf clovers, fake million dollar bills, handout sheets on mental health, and a treasure chest of stories to offer hope, all gathered only to be given away to anyone who needed them. His bright blue eyes found beauty in the small details which always pointed him back to the big picture.
Chris was born in Tulsa, Ok on September 27, 1947 to Sarah Elizabeth Rockwell and Hunter Forrest Miracle. After surviving the loss of his mother at age 7 and dropping out of high school at age 17 he went on to receive his BA in Philosophy from University of Tulsa in 1972. That same year he met the love of his life Ann. Together they hitchhiked the world, traveling through Europe, Fiji, New Zealand, and across the USA. Later he and Ann went on to raise their three daughters with tremendous care and creativity.
In 1991 he received his Masters in Social Work from University of Oklahoma. Between 1996 - 1998 Chris took a position as a Marriage and Family Therapist with the US Military in Bamberg, Germany, where he and his family had many wonderful adventures. After returning to Tulsa to work in mental health counseling for several more years, he took another position in Germany in 2006. He retired from social work in 2015 after helping countless families, children, and individuals survive difficult experiences. He continued to live in Germany with his wife Ann until October 2022 when he moved to Iowa City to be closer to his oldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
Chris’ unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and the Resurrection, gave him a freedom in life and a fearlessness over death. His confidence in eternal life offers comfort and peace far greater than the pain and loss of his physical presence, and will continue to be a source of hope for his loved ones always. Chris left a legacy of love, service, joy, generosity, and a quality of peacefulness remarkable to everyone who met him. His marriage of 50 almost years and the magnitude of his love for his family are a testament to his unparalleled compassion and selflessness. A celebration of his life will be scheduled in 2023.