Hope Christine Vago
June 10, 1982 – October 13, 2020
Hope Christine Vago was born in Hampton, Virginia at Langley Air Force Base on June 10th, 1982. The family moved to Idaho in 1983, Hope living with mom and grandparents while her dad was on deployment with the US Navy. She moved to California in 1983 and stayed until 1996, then settled permanently in Oregon in 1996.
Hope graduated from Reynolds High School in 2000. She studied to become a Medical Assistant at Concord University and received her CMA from Concord. She loved caring for patients and showing her compassion.
Her illnesses made it so she had to stop working in January of 2017, and she was heartbroken at not being able to pursue her passion. Making the most of her situation, she turned to social media and photography in order to build a platform to encourage others and spread the Gospel.
Besides a passion for photography and crafting, Hope made friends easily and loved spending time with them - once she made a friend they were friends for life. In 2002 Hope received the biggest blessing of her life when she had her son Caleb. She often told Caleb "he was her miracle".
Her dog Kalani meant everything to her and was a close companion at the end of her life.
Hope attended Calvary Chapel SE in Milwaukie and Rise City Church Gresham.
She was preceded in death by grandparents Ernest Murri, Betty and Larry Parke, and Rosella Vago.
She will be remembered by her son Caleb, parents David and Brenda Vago, and brothers Nick Vago (Brittany) and Daniel Vago.
The family would be grateful for donations in Hope's name to First Image at https://first-image.org/give/
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Hope Christine Vago
October 25, 2020
I have so many memories with Christine. Too many to count. I am so grateful for each of them. We grew up together in so many ways. We raised our babies together. Neither she nor I ever missed an important life event.
A few things that will always stand out:
Your perfume! Oh my goodness. You would send me into a sneezing fit every time. I’d have to roll down the windows gasping for air. You’d just laugh and laugh. You had the best laugh.
Our late night talks. We could spend hours and hours talking about anything and everything. Our conversations always centered around a mutual love and respect for one another. You taught me how to disagree with someone and still give and receive love.
Our New Years Eves. You were always my date when Nick was out of town. You always wanted to get dolled up and I was always boring and had no plans. You’d bring Caleb over and we’d share sparkling cider. We’d creep around people’s social media pages and we’d go to sleep at 9:00! The boys have spent most of their New Years together and have plans to connect this year as well. Man I’ll miss you this year.
The hard things. They definitely existed. We definitely went through them. I’m so proud of you for fighting through them all.
It breaks my heart that you’re no longer with us. I wish I could give you one last hug. But I know you’re in the arms of Jesus and feeling all of our love.
To Dave and Brenda:
I’m so so sorry for your loss. You will forever be a part of my family and I am here for you in any way that you need.
To Nick and Daniel:
Please know that I love you both and I am so sorry. If you ever need anything, I am here.
Your mom loved you SO much. If you ever want to talk, or if you need someone to love on you, just call me up. You’ll be hearing from me either way. I’m so so sorry about the loss of your mom. I love you buddy. I always have and always will.
Sending love to you all and prayers for comfort.
Brice and Debbie Murri
October 23, 2020
Our niece Hope Christine leaves us with many fond memories. We were fortunate to see her grow up into a sweet girl who was very thoughtful and caring for others. We were lucky to have her tag along with us a few years ago during the wedding of one of her cousins. We already knew her as a child, but this was the first time we got to know her as an adult. Nights around our campfire, talking about literally everything, were very special. We were very impressed with the respect and kindness she displayed throughout her short life and our special moments with her.
Knowing her parents and seeing how her son Caleb is blossoming, it is evident that she was definitely on the right track. We only wish she could have remained healthy enough to allow us and others the privilege to enjoy more of her.
Moriah and Scott Hallis
October 22, 2020
We met Hope on TikTok and became good friends with her soon after, connecting through social media and Christ! In March 2019 Hope came to visit us in Idaho and we made TikTok videos and a YouTube video together. We had an amazing time. We continued to remain great friends. I (Moriah) especially had a really amazing connection with her and we talked regularly about our lives and Christ, I considered her to be one of my really good friends. I will always love her and think about her, and I cannot wait to see her again one day in Heaven. We love you Hope! Rest in the Lord peacefully, sweet angel ❤️
October 21, 2020
My favorite memory is our camping trip up to Olallie Lake. Heather and I had gone up earlier and had taken a much more difficult route to our campsite. We were so nervous that you and Linda wouldn't find us. However, you guys decided to take the actual route into the campground and weren't there but shortly after us. It was such a fun trip!
See you again when we meet in the presence of our Savior!
October 21, 2020
I met Christine at Calvary Chapel SE in the college group 2008 or 2009. We had talked a few times. I remember hanging out a few times too. I definitely considered her a friend from the get go. We hung out at women’s retreats and Christmas brunches. She came to my wedding. We didn’t start really becoming close until she moved back home for good. That’s when I started considering her one of my closest friends. We have shared a lot of great memories and she really loved my son, Aiden. I know she loved my daughter too, but she didn’t get to spend as much time with her. She loved all her friend’s babies dearly!
One of my fondest memories was hosting the women’s dinner almost 2 years ago. It was really fun to collaborate what we had and planned how we were going to set it up and who we were going to invite.
And then last year’s women’s retreat... such a special time. She rode up with my mom and my daughter, who was 2 months, and I. I told her I’d take care of gas if she could bring a few snacks. She probably got like, $80 worth of the best junk food there was! All four of us shared a cabin and it was just the best time! And then Tillamook Cheese Factory where she wanted to do this challenge with an ice cream cone for TikTok and I had to record it. She was the best person to laugh with.
I will forever miss her and our talks, Laughs, coffee dates, and picking her up for church so we could be each other’s motivation. I will miss so much! But there is also so much comfort in knowing she is truly home now. And I will get to see her again as we spend eternity with our Heavenly Father. I pray I can have a spark of the fire she had for Jesus her last few months!
Until we meet again my friend!
October 21, 2020
I will always remember her kindness. She was never spiteful, never hateful even as a teen. We ended up having a weird connection but it was good. I will always remember her as hopeful and full of love
Cindy & Dennis Glover
October 20, 2020
~HOPE CHRISTINE VAGO~
With your beautiful smile and your deep love for God, you are like a bright shining star...
May we always remember you as we look up to those stars sparkling down reminding us of your generous love for God and others...
You will be missed on this earth but your memories left behind will never fade...
Brett & Lynette Murri
October 19, 2020
Although we didn't live close enough to know you as well as we would have liked, we enjoyed our Thanksgivings with you and your family, as well as the few heart to heart conversations we were blessed to have with you at other times like your cousin's wedding. We knew your health was not the best, and although not there in person, we followed your online posts. We were always impressed with your positivity, strength, and ability ability to lift others through your hardships. We love you lots and know that you are in a better place and pain free. We're happy to know that you are in good company now with those loved ones who have gone before you.
- Uncle Brett & Aunt Lynette
October 18, 2020
It’s taken me a bit to think of a memory that has really stood out, because in all honesty every memory has stood out to me. I mean we do have 24 years full of memories, but the one that really stands out for me was the one that we had recently when I asked you to join me for a Blink 182 concert- you didn’t hesitate despite how you felt, you were up for the adventure. Even if that meant I got the tickets for the concert at the wrong venue and we drove to Aberdeen, Washington 2 more hours out of our way for that concert. We had so much fun that day!
That’s something I loved about our friendship is that we always had fun, you were always up for an adventure no matter what it was. I loved hearing you laugh and there was never a dull moment when we were together. You will always be remembered on every adventure I take in the future with my family. Thank you for fulfilling my life with so much joy, fun and love.
Love always your best friend Misty- ❤️
October 17, 2020
We met at Clackamas pediatrics, where you were the absolute sweetest to my babies. Each time I saw you at the Doctors you were smiling and warmly inviting! Your kindness was contagious. You also were so much fun at my cousin Julia's bachelorette party. We had fun getting food downtown and boy was it an adventure. Without a doubt, Your love for people came from your love for God.
We had kept contact through Facebook. In 2019, you came and took Addy's newborn photos. It was a beautiful time spent talking with you about God's love and how God restores people's lives. You always spoke with a gentleness that held such power. I loved watching your videos you made about the Lord coming. I will miss you a lot! I know your no longer suffering.
Well done, good and faithful child! ❤
October 17, 2020
The first time I met you Christine, Your uncle Blake and I had your cousin Ryan and your mom and dad Had you. We met at their place in VA where your dad was stationed in the Navy. We had Thanksgiving together. Your Grandpa Ernie came too. You were the cutest blond baby girl with big eyes!!! The next time we saw you, you were in Idaho at your Grandma and Grandpa Park's place. You said "honey" to everyone... because your Grandma said that to you! I can imagine the loves from her now!!! "Honey"! When you and your cousin Ally connected at our place in Denver for a family reunion (1992), we didn't think we could separate you two Cousins, you both had so much fun! Many tears as you said goodbye. As the years passed and we saw you here in Denver and in CA and OR, then you came and stayed with us for Ryan's wedding, always the same wonderful loving niece!
Christine, your loving heart, giving heart, your laugh, your smile and joy in spite of your pain, always brought back the sweetness we saw the first time we held you in VA! Now you are in the presence of Jesus~ wow! Your eternal home, no more pain !! One day we will get to see you and Sam (cousin) again.... and so many others who chose Jesus as their savior before passing away from this world. Love you so much! Aunt Janiece Murri
October 16, 2020
Christine, there are so many special memories with you, it’s hard to choose just one. But one of my favorites has to be when you were 4 years old. You and I were home alone one day sitting at the table carving a pumpkin when the power went out. We were left sitting together in the dark and you were getting really scared. I took your hand and said “Let’s pray and ask God to turn the lights back on so we can finish our pumpkin”. Within seconds of praying the lights came back on. I’ll never forget your eyes were as big as saucers. I think that was when you first started understanding the power of prayer and how God works in not only the big things but things as little as turning on the lights for us so we could finish our pumpkin.
You touched so many lives with your love and compassion. I am heartbroken with the loss of you on this earth but I’m so joyful that you are free of pain and suffering and are Home with our Lord and Savior. And I know I will see you again one day.
I love you Baby Girl.
October 16, 2020
I rememeber meeting Christine in church college group at Calvary, when I was like around 20. I'm now 31. She was always very sweet to me and happy and smiling every time I came. We sat next to each other and visited and she was just so vibrant and warm I couldn't get enough of her pure love for the Lord!! She really shined a light amongst our group!! I still remember her smile, the sound of her voice and her hugs.
When she brought baby Caleb around he was a young lad and we always enjoyed having him join our group! I still cannot believe he's so grown up now!! I know she was so absolutely proud of him. She couldn't go a night without talking about him and we always asked how he was or where he was when he didn't come to group. He is a strong young man now because of this woman he called mom, and I always looked up to her as a mother!! I hope I can lead my boys to the Lord and show them my love for Him just as she did with Caleb. My heart goes out to him in this heartbreaking time!
We never got to spend time together outside of college group much, and I will forever be heart broken that I did not take thw chance for that more. I will however always remember her beautiful fb stories and tik tok videos and the way she always made her life and words reflect the Lord!! She truly made me want to worship him more and her prayers put me in tears most times. I will never forget spending Prayer Nights at church listening to the incredible and most beautiful words as if she were an angel sent directly from Heaven for us to love. I just cannot get over how amazing of a Christian she was!! She truly followed the path that the Lord wants us all to follow and I will forever try to follow in her footsteps to the best of my ability. She was beyond words incredibley loved and an amazing woman that the world will forever miss and remember!!!
Rest in Peace Beautiful Angel!!
October 16, 2020
Baby Girl - I remember when I was taking the high school youth group to Tijuana Mexico to minister to the people at the dump and you were too young. You pleaded with me to bend the rules and I finally did. I could not believe how well you did and ended up in the shampoo line removing lice. The kids loved you and you worked very hard. You did so good and I was so proud of you! I am proud of what you have done honey and will miss you so much. I love you! Dad.