christina best.jpgWe remember our friend, Christina Vigil-Thompson, who passed away on January 16, 2021, a victim of COVID-19. We think of her children, our children's longtime classmates, Meike and Joseph. We think of her mother, Mimsy, who was a dedicated member of our community. We remember her hugs and her warmth and we grieve because, when the pandemic is over and we come out on the other side, she won't be there. And we deeply feel this great loss. We seek to fill the void with memories.

Christina once wrote, "They say there are three stages of dying. The first is when your heart ceases to beat & the last breath is drawn. The second, when the body is lowered to the ground. The third & final death is when there is no one to speak your name." Christina, we speak your name and we remember you. 

"Long time family. Dedicated. Showed up whenever there was a need or ask for volunteers. Always. And not just Christina, but the whole family. When I think of 'the community' at SSESH, I’m thinking about people like Christina. I was always happy to see her, and she was always warm and sweet and gave great hugs. She was just so, so sweet. She worked a lot, but always found time to make it to school events, and sometimes she’d be utterly exhausted, but she’d find the strength to show up and do whatever was needed. She was crazy about her kiddos. And they are good, polite, kindhearted children. As we know, that doesn’t just happen. They learned by example."  - Tamala

"Christina and her family were the first to raise their hands for any need. They volunteered first and asked questions later. Christina was warm and loving and so were her children. She gave the BEST HUGS." - Chevonne

"Her kids have been friends with my older son since he was three years old. Christina and her mother were very involved volunteers and kind members of the St. Stephen’s community. When we look forward to getting through this pandemic and seeing our friends, we weep because Christina will not be there." - Jessica

"Christina always sat in the front row for her children's performances. Every performance, every time. She was a dedicated mother. We were blessed to have her in our community." - Buddy

"I was always so impressed with the way that Christina spoke to her children. She spoke to them with such respect and beautiful vocabulary. Christina was dedicated to raising kind and emotionally intelligent children. This was evident in the relationships that her kids built at St. Stephen’s. Losing her is so devastating, but I know her two kids will carry on her memory with their sweet smiles, warm hugs, and open hearts." - Ms. Liz

"Christina was a cherished member of our community and her children were simply lovely, polite and respectful. I remember when she used to come to my office. She hugged me every time she saw me and was very warm and caring." - Ms. Nahla 

"Dear Christina, I will miss your bright smile and happy spirit. The laughs and convos in carpool line from our minivans. The Starbucks runs before school field trips-we chaperoned sooooo many together. The long walks at Camp Allen and your openness to be vulnerable. The laughing and chatting at PTO meetings (when we probably should have been listening). And mostly watching how you completely adored and loved your children! You will be so missed and remembered. Friend, you were too young to die... Rest In Peace ❤️" - Laura

"Dear Christina, Thank you for your warmth and graciousness. I loved teaching your children and always felt supported and loved by you and your family. Thank you for your laughter, your hugs, your concern, and your bright shining light. You will be missed, friend." - Mr. Myke

"I am heartbroken to hear about Christina's passing. She was a lovely person  -  kind, generous (as others have said) and so supportive.  When I became the Head of School she was one of the first to come into my office and give me a hug.  Whenever we needed help at the school's front desk, we knew either Christina or Mimsy would be there to lend assistance. Sometimes they even did double duty. So proud of Meike and Joseph she was. Yes, the front pew was the family's spot for recitals and performances!  I thank the family for all they did for St. Stephen's during my tenure. I send my prayers and love to Mimsy, Meike, Joseph, and Louie. We all have such beautiful memories of Christina." - In Peace, David Coe 

"Although we have drifted apart over the years, like even great friends can, she will always be one of my very best friends. I’ve realized over the last month as I thought back to all the fun we had in the mid 90s, just how much she taught and influenced me. She introduced me to Thai food, sushi and the Day of the Dead. We saw so many movies together, often one or more a week, and ate so much popcorn and laughed and laughed. She loved her wonderful mother Mary Esther, who often joined us at movies. She loved the arts,  travel, good food, her pets and her family. She bubbled over with kindness and enthusiasm and had one of the best smiles ever. I am lucky I knew and so wish we had not drifted apart." - Sally Hill

"I was deeply saddened to hear that Christina had passed away. I know how hard she fought to stay alive. She will always hold a special place in my heart. She was one of the first people I met when we joined the St. Stephen’s community. She was always available to lend a helping hand, whether it was volunteering at the school or offering to help others with their personal needs. Christina loved Meike and Joseph with all her heart. She was patient and nurturing and will be missed by all who knew her. My heartfelt condolences go out to Meike, Joseph, Mimsy and Louie"  ❤️ Joan

"My memories of Christina are little gifts that I take out and open from time to time, or that I am hit in the head with when I least expect them! Each one different, each one brings a smile. She made sure her grandmother had her pink converse shoes and favorite snacks when she left our world. She managed to trade 5.00 US and a bus token for a 25.00 shirt at the market in Mexico City. She talked a cab driver into being our personal driver/body guard for a full day trip to Mixquic. She was crazy, vibrant, and giving. She was complicated, difficult and sometimes exhausting. But I never, ever, think of her without love or without joy. She will be so very missed." - Mary Kelinske


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The Vigil and Thompson family are eternally grateful to the St. Stephen community for the love and support they have shown us during very this sad period in our life. From the very first meeting with Ms. Nahla, Christina felt the caring, loving spirit of the community and wanted Meike and Joseph here.
Louie, Christina’s uncle, Joe and I are so very thankful for the spiritual support of Rev. Hannah and the outreach to Meike and Joseph from their former teachers and friends’ parents. Thank you to all who posted such kind remembrances  of Christina. You will always be in my prayers.
Mary Esther Vigil

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day Christina. We thank you for giving her to us, her family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.