Vicki Lea Maria Sandoval(1951 - 2013)


Vicki Lea Maria Sandoval, 62, passed away on Sunday, November 3rd. Vicki was born in Ephrata, WA on August 21, 1951 to Leona and Visente Sandoval.

Vicki grew up and completed her primary and secondary education in Hoquiam, WA, where she graduated from Hoquiam High School. An avid reader from the time she was a child, Vicki left Hoquiam to pursue a double major at the University of Washington (Seattle) in Political Science & Ethnic Studies. As a student, she was heavily involved with various organizations including the Sidney Miller Clinic, the Seattle Indian Center, MUJER (the U.W.'s Chicana women's organization), and a host of other UW support groups that promoted positive community interaction and education. Vicki was committed to improving the welfare of her Native American & Chicana/o communities.

While at the UW, Vicki met Steven De Gruy. In 1977, they married and had one son, Ahuacan Dabir Jahi Sandoval DeGruy, before separating a year later. Her "Sun" as she would often call him, was her pride and joy. If she wasn't working or reading, she was often sharing her joy about her son and most treasured grandson.

For the last 24 years, Vicki worked for Therapeutic Health Services, 20 of those years she served as Assistant to the Executive Director. In addition to day-to-day scheduling and administrative support, Vicki was the critical communications and governance link between the Board of Directors and the remainder of the organization. Over the course of her career at THS, Vicki created and maintained relationships with nearly 100 board members. Vicki was also involved in the organization's Health & Safety, Social and All Staff Forward Committees. Vicki played a central role in the creation and documentation of policies and procedures, credentialing and agency accreditation. Her encyclopedic knowledge of the agency, its programs, its history and its place within the social services community made her an invaluable contributor to the success of Therapeutic Health Services. Her advocacy for people in need and her deeply caring nature served as a model for other employees.

She is preceded in death by her father, Visente Sandoval.

Her legacy lives on in her mother, Leona Sandoval; sisters: Judy, Penny, Margo, Marissa "Moochie", and Mary; her son Ahuacan; her "adopted sons" Wayne, Delton, Shaun, Mikael and Mensah; grandson Jaden DeGruy; Nieces: Leah, Nikki, Darla, Crista, Natalia, Corina, Sheena and Alana. Nephews: Tyrone, Visente, Alonzo, DeMarcel and Brook; a host of grand nieces and grand nephews, and many friends and colleagues.

A memorial service is planned for Vicki on Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center at Discovery Park in Seattle (park entrance: 3801 West Government Way, Seattle, 98199).

As Vicki was mindful of not destroying Mother Nature, we request that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Vicki Sandoval Memorial Fund established at Bank of America which is intended to provide partial scholarships to minority students pursuing a college education.

Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 17, 2013