Cristie Renee Vryhof

January 8, 1972September 14, 2012

Cristie Renee (Pace) Vryhof January 8, 1972 – September 14, 2012

Cristie Renee Vryhof entered into her new life in heaven on Friday, September, 14, 2012, at the age of 40 in Hanford, California.

Cristie was the first of three siblings born to her parents, Bud Pace and Jan Kennedy in Hanford, CA, on January 8, 1972.

She grew up in Hanford and graduated from Hanford High School in 1990. In high school, Cristie met her soul-mate, love of her life and best friend, Shannon Vryhof, they began their life together on September 14, 1988.

After graduating high school, Shannon and Cristie were married on September 21, 1991. They had three beautiful children, Shanae, Emily and Brayton.

Over their 24 years together, they shared many amazing memories including trips to Disneyland, Dinkey Creek, Shaver Lake, coast trips and their favorite San Diego “Super” Chargers football games.

Cristie had a special love for animals and especially her babies, Delaney, Butter, Allie and Kia. Many animals were saved by Cristie’s dedication of her time, talents and volunteering with Stonecliffe Animal Rescue in Lemoore. She loved fostering dogs and attending adoption events to help them find their “fur-ever” homes.

She is survived by the love of her life, Shannon Vryhof of Hanford; three children, Shanae Grace, Emily Jennifer and Brayton Michael of Hanford; parents, Jan and Barry Kennedy of Hanford and Bud Pace of Colorado; in-laws John and Linda Vryhof of Hanford and Charlotte Rivera of Washington; brother, Brian Pace of Washington; sisters, Tracy Avila of Hanford and Heather Kaker of Arkansas; her four-legged babies; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends.

A special “Buddy Day” in Cristie’s honor will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, September 20, at Stonecliffe Animal Rescue at 7374 20 ½ Avenue in Lemoore.

Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, September 20, at People’s Funeral Chapel in Hanford. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, September 21 at First Baptist Church, 9125 13 1/2 Avenue in Hanford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stonecliffe Animal Rescue in memory of Cristie Vryhof, 7374 20 ½ Avenue , Lemoore, CA 93245. Please make sure you let Stonecliffe know your donation is in Cristie’s honor.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements entrusted to People’s Funeral Chapel, 501 N. Douty St., Hanford, CA 93230 (559)584-5591


  • Visitation Thursday, September 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 21, 2012

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Holly Nickell

October 1, 2012

Thinking about my sister-friend and the great memories we shared! Praying for you all and have a candle lit tonight for my Cris!

Jodi Jue-Kobos

September 30, 2012

I was saddened to hear about Cristie's passing... my heart goes out to Shannon, their children and the rest of her family. I'll cherish the fun times we had during our many years at Hanford Christian. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

Carrie Hahn

September 24, 2012

Shannon and family,
I am deeply saddened by Cristie's passing. I can only pray for God to ease the pain and heartache you must feel of her no longer being her on earth. Please remember she will be your guardian angel forever and will ALWAYS be with you in spirit and in your heart. Treasure those fun and sweet memories you have of Cristie. I know I will. :) May God bless and keep you all.

September 22, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Holly and Johnny Nickell

September 22, 2012

Cristie's service was absolutely beautiful and I hope your family felt the love and support around you. We love you all! I was blessed to have Cris as my special sister-friend!

Aaron Johnson

September 21, 2012

Shannon and family,
I was shocked and saddened when my mom told me about Cristies passing. She was a very dear and sweet person to everyone she knew. I went to church with her growing up and her brother Brian and sister Tracy. She will be missed deeply by all. Praying for the whole family. Asking that God will help you in this time of shock and grieving. Your all in my prayers.
God Bless!

Chris Leone

September 21, 2012

I graduated from Hanford Christian school with Christie and she was always a kind person, I am so glad to hear of her personal relationship with Christ, I hope to see her in glory at the feet of Jesus, I hope her family will continue to rest in the Lord and trust that they will be reunited!

Sallie Barba

September 21, 2012

No words can express the sorry I have felt since I heard about the unexpected passing of Cristie. She was such a bright light on this earth and in everyone's life she touched. I enjoyed working with here and will always remember her smile and that little giggle she had. To all of her family my thoughts and prayers are with you . You have an angel in heaven look out for you all.

Kevin Crawford

September 20, 2012

Very sorry for you and your family. Christie was the spark we all needed everyday at the Sentinel. She will absolutely be missed. The prayers go up.

Tina Rockett

September 20, 2012

Our deepest sympathies to your family. We all worked with Kristie at the Sentinel and she was always so bubbly.
Tina Rockett, Holly Ziebert-Rockett and Travis Rockett