We've Lost a Beloved Member of our Work Family

From Her Work Family at Soquel Creek Water District:

September 5, 2019 (Soquel, CA)

It is with immense grief that we let you know we've lost a beloved member of our work family. We’re devastated by the loss of Vaidehi Campbell (also known as Vaidehi Williams), who’s been with us here for 18 years. Vai, along with the others who lost their lives aboard the diving boat Conception, will be greatly missed.

Vai was a very special person, a valued member of our Soquel Creek Water District family, and a beautiful, kind soul. From all of us at the Soquel Creek Water District, our thoughts of peace and courage are with her family members now, who are taking this time to privately cope with this tragedy.

As the District’s Communications Specialist, Vai’s entire career was spent sharing with the community her sparkling energy and exuberance about our District’s mission of preserving and protecting our precious water resources.  She began here as a student intern for two summers while attending Scripps college in 1999 and 2000, before coming on board permanently in 2001. Vai worked in several departments during her 18 years with us, launching the District’s geographic information system (GIS) platform and becoming the District’s expert in many of our technology tools. She eagerly and patiently supported her colleagues and touched everyone with her kind and giving spirit.

Vai shared her passion for water with countless community members at local, county, and even statewide educational and special events. She loved working with teachers and presenting in local classrooms from preschool to college, and wherever else there was an opportunity to share her enthusiasm. She was an exceptional communicator and educator on water conservation and recycling. We will all remember Vai in her water droplet costume at the Santa Cruz County Fair, Earth Day in the Park, and at the Water Harvest Festival! Most recently Vai was out and about driving the District’s Pure Water Soquel Educational Trailer, using her vitality and extraordinary people skills to help carry the District’s message.

Vai brought immense joy to work every day and was a dear friend to all of us at the District, and she became friends with many in the community whom she served so well. May we always remember her infectious smile, kind heart, vast knowledge, and adventurous spirit. Vai will forever be our “Water Princess.”

To respect the family and this private time for them, media inquiries should be directed at this time to:

-Melanie Mow Schumacher, Special Projects-Communications Manager
Soquel Creek Water District
831-239-7960, Melanies@soquelcreekwater.org

A Go Fund Me has been set up for the family:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/vaidehi-williams-memorial-fund

The District will be celebrating and honoring Vaidehi at our upcoming Water Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 20.  This event was one of many fantastic events that Vaidehi planned and chaired and we will carry it on this year in her honor.  More information will be coming soon. 

A Personal Message from Her Family:

September 6, 2019 (Santa Cruz, CA)

Vaidehi Devi Campbell Williams - 09/04/1977 - 09/02/2019

Vaidehi Campbell Williams  died as she lived, on an adventure.  Always full of energy and light, Vaidehi was a world traveler who had dear friends on every piece of the globe she touched.  Her love of water, the ocean and sea life carried through all aspects of her life.

Vaidehi grew up in Santa Cruz with her mother and sister and surrounded by a wide and loving extended family and community. Her father has always remained a loving part of her life and, in the last few years, they were especially close.

In high school she was a competitive swimmer, played clarinet in the band, and was in school plays.

After attending Scripps College, including a semester studying the water systems in Madagascar, Vaidehi created a career for herself at the Soquel Creek Water District, where she remained for 18 years.  Locally, over the years, she sang with Pacific Voices Choir, participated in Leadership Santa Cruz, and was a great fan of Samba Da. Her love of music would find her at weekly beach concerts, Moes Alley dance shows and where ever else friends were playing and dancing. She started attending the Strawberry Music Festival when she was 11 and remained part of that strong community.

Vaidehi is remembered as a resounding echo of light and joy with an enthusiasm for life and friends and family.  Her love of good food, good wine, dance, song and travel was contagious.

She was a vivacious, giving, and present friend, known throughout the community as a leader, environmental advocate and teacher, and wonderful wife, mother, daughter, friend, and sister,; even always including her younger sister in all of her activities since they were little. She had the amazing gift of making everyone who met her feel a special connection.

Vaidehi married her high school sweetheart, Sarma Williams, after he proposed in front of her whole family at her college graduation, and they have been together for 25 years.  They have two amazing children who reflect her joie de vivre and sense of love and adventure.

Donations in memory of Vaidehi Campbell Williams may be sent to CALIFORNIA STRONG,   https://www.californiastrong.org/  which will be distributed to families who lost members in the Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire


 

 

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