Family of Christina Hanson, a Tubbs Fire victim, remembers her as loving, charismatic

- The family of Christina Hanson, a victim of the wildfires in Santa Rosa, said the 27-year-old will be remembered as a loving, charismatic, and caring woman.

Brittney and Frank Vinculado said Hanson, their cousin, was full of life and described her as a bubbly personality who drew people in.

“She just touched everyone,” Brittney Vinculado said. “She was always very social. She loved music. She loved to dance.”

Hanson was born with spina bifida and had been in a wheelchair since birth.

“She had a lot of challenges in her life and she was always still very positive,” Vinculado said.

Hanson attended Spring Hills Community Church in Santa Rosa and volunteered at Primrose Inc., an assisted living facility for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

“She knew sign language,” Vinculado said. “She learned that very young so she would help interpret for hearing impaired.”

A 2008 graduate of Cal High in San Ramon, Hanson moved to Santa Rosa with her dad and step-mom after high school. Hanson lived in an apartment behind her dad’s main house on Wikiup Bridge Way. The family thinks the fire hit Hanson’s apartment first and that her father, Michael Hanson, tried to save her.

The 55-year-old Hanson has third degree burns on about half of his body and is one of nine patients at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. He is sedated so the family won’t know what happened until he wakes up, but authorities confirmed late Tuesday that Christina did not escape the fires.

“I think if she were here now she would be worried about everyone in her community and making sure everyone else that is still out there missing is found,” Vinculado added. “She would want to be at shelters. We need to honor her that way and live the way that she would be living.”

A memorial fund has been set up for Hanson and her father. To donate visit: https://www.youcaring.com/michaelhanson-978036#.Wd7L69hWAYc.email

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