Esperanza Consuela ‘Hope’ Hogg

Esperanza Consuela ‘Hope’ HoggOn Friday, Sept. 07, 2018, Esperanza Consuela “Hope” Hogg took her last strong breath in this life and transitioned to eternal glory.

It was Hope’s wish that no funeral services be held after her passing.

Hope was born on Dec. 24, 1954, to Nolan and Almendina Papion in Tulare, Calif., where they lived and worked on a farm. She was the eighth of ten children born to this union. While Hope was still a child, her family moved to Bakersfield, Calif. where she received an education in Bakersfield’s public schools. At the age of 20 Hope gave birth to her eldest son, Charles Dwayne Turner.

A few years later she met and fell in love with Reese Hogg, Jr. and two more children were born to their union, Reese III and Adina Grace. Hope and her husband moved to Ridgecrest, California where they served in ministry for more than thirty years until the final years of Reese’s life. When Reese passed away in 2011, Hope was heartbroken. She spent her final years enjoying the company of her children and grandchildren and working until she was forced to retire due to illness in 2017. Hope worked in quite a few jobs throughout her life from working on a ranch bailing hay, in a call center as a telemarketer and in a church as the church secretary, but she is best known for the cakes, cookies, and pies that she baked for over 40 years. She was a friendly face and a helping hand to many of her customers over the 20+ years that she worked in the Albertson’s bakery on Norma St. where she was the bakery manager.

Hope loved music and often enjoyed listening to her favorite artist Carole King and her favorite gospel artists such as Andraé Crouch, The Hawkins Family, and Denise Williams. Hope raised her children to love music and served as a worship leader and choir director in her church. Many young adults have fond memories of her as their favorite childhood Sunday School teacher. She had a creative imagination and a knack for storytelling. She once told the story of Jesus turning water into wine while pouring clear water into a clay jug and producing grape flavored Kool-Aid. The children were amazed at the trick to which she never revealed the secret.

In 2016 Hope became ill, and after many tests and visits to multiple doctors she was diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. With the help of Dr. Antoine Hage and the staff of Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills, Hope was able to maintain a good quality of life and mobility that allowed her to enjoy her final days with her family, especially her grandchildren Devin and Cianna Jenkins. Additionally, her faith in God gave her the strength to live every day as if it were her last.

Hope is preceded in death by her late husband Reese Hogg, Jr.; sister Anna Papion; grandchildren Alec, Maliha and Malik and her mother and father Nolan Sr. and Almendina Papion.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Charles, Reese, and Adina; "daughter-in-love" Miriam Hogg and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, eight of her nine siblings and other family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Hope’s name to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for Pulmonary Hypertension Research c/o Antoine Hage, MD. Gifts can be mailed to Cedars-Sinai, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, Calif. 90048 or made online at giving.cedars-sinai.edu.

— Submitted by the family of Esperanze “Hope” Hogg

Story First Published: 2018-09-21