Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery

10940 East Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ


Weiwen Cai

May 5, 1968December 20, 2019
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Beloved wife, mom, daughter, sister, colleague, and friend Weiwen (Vivian) Cai passed away on December 20, 2019 near Death Valley National Park in California due to a tragic automobile accident.

Weiwen was born in 1968 to parents of Bingchu Cai and Xueru Ding in Shanghai, China, where she attended elementary and secondary schools. She attended the prestigious Jiaotong University of Shanghai, studying materials science and engineering. After graduation, she came to the United States to earn a masters of science in materials science at University of Virginia, where she met and married Stephen Wu, a fellow graduate student also from Shanghai.

The couple moved to Richmond, VA to start their careers post graduation, where Weiwen earned a post baccalaureate degree in accounting and passed the exams for Certified Public Accountant. She began her career as a staff accountant for McGladrey & Pullen, LLC. In the ensuing years of her career, she held various professional and management positions at SNL Financial, Delaware Holding Company, Wachovia Bank, and Xerox. She was a director of accounting services at Xerox prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, where she became a line of business controller.

Wherever her career took her, she was universally admired by her colleagues for her strong work ethics, problem solving skills, and genuine kindness to others. At home, she dedicated her love to the family, helping children grow and mature in every way. She started her hobby in painting two years ago and quickly demonstrated her artistic talents through several works that won many accolades.

Weiwen enjoyed exercises, hiking, and taking the family on many memorable vacations across the country. She is a loyal friend to many college classmates and regularly joined them in reunion trips. Her kindness and dedication will be sorely missed.

Weiwen is survived by her husband Stephen, her sister Weixing, daughter Katie, and son Ethan, her parents Bingchu Cai and Xueru Ding, as well as numerous friends and extended family members.


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Graveside Committal Saturday, January 18, 2020


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Octavio Bravo

January 17, 2020

Vivian was a wonderful colleague and friend. She always made everyone feel that they were contributing at work. She always went out of her way to make sure people understood what needed to be accomplished without making anyone feel down. I will remember how she always had my back at work. She will be missed.

Weigang Meng

January 17, 2020

It is such a shock to hear about Weiwen’s passing! Weiwen and I studied the same Materials Science class at UVa on my first semester there. I always remember her pleasant smiles, friendliness, and kindness to everyone, especially the newcomers to the U.S. Weiwen rest in peace!

Hong Wu

January 17, 2020

I met Weiwen in 1990 when I first came to the US. Both of us were studying at Univ of Virginia as first year graduate student back then. Weiwen was one of the brightest and kindest person I ever met. She held several gatherings in her apartment and invited me and other friends. We also rode in her car to go grocery shopping and hiking. Her friendship and kindness made it easier for me to adjust to the new life away from my birth country. Weiwen will be missed greatly.

Mairi Olvera

January 16, 2020

I was fortunate enough to work with Vivian at Xerox for several years. She was always a thoughtful, kind and intelligent person. I am so sorry for your loss.

Charles & Diane Wu & Ma

January 16, 2020

Our hearts were broken when we heard the unimaginable news of our daughter-in-law Weiwen's sudden passing in a car accident. All the years since her marriage with Stephen we have witnessed and shared the growing happiness of family life, both theirs and ours. Above anything else we felt a strong sense of security. We also saw how the loving dedication of the couple helped them overcome the challenges they faced. We were especially impressed by the friendly circles they have built around themselves over the years. At the core of these circles Weiwen's personality as well as Stephen's played an extraordinary role. Weiwen has gone never to return, but her personality will stay on as her legacy. So we pray for Weiwen to live in peace forever and ever.

Lixing and Zhang Tang and Ji

January 16, 2020

Someone so special like Weiwen will never be forgotten and she will be dearly missed by many. May Weiwen Rest In Peace. Our deep sympathies to the entire family and please accept our most sincere condolences.

Maggie Wu

January 15, 2020

认识卫文是在10多年前中文学校的太极班上, 然后发现我们在zumba 班上也是同学, 在画画课上还是同学。如果说有别人家的孩子, 那么卫文就是成人学生眼中别人家的家长,老师心目中学习优秀的好学生。她为人非常热情开朗, 做事极其认真仔细。打太极的每个动作她都要慢慢琢磨,细细体会。zumba 课的许多高难度动作卫文都会努力做得与老师丝毫不差。画画课上她经常在家反复练画多遍,直到交出满意的作业。而每当她达到了一个自己设立的小目标或者是得到老师的表扬和同学们的赞叹时,她都会露出开心的笑容。这是种由内而外带着满满成就感的笑容,这是种专注于自己喜欢的事情而产生的由衷的幸福的笑容。这样的笑容给我留下了非常深刻的印象。
我和卫文在中文学校以外倒是没什么交往,我们甚至都没有彼此的微信。但这丝毫不影响我们在课间课后的甚欢相聊,从家里家外到人生感悟。当她轻描淡写地诉说着曾经的泪水和痛苦时,我不禁感叹她瘦小身躯里蕴藏的巨大正能量和她坚毅的生活态度。而当我羡慕着她每两年就一定要去赴一场不见不散的同学之约时,我知道, 她值得拥有这份难能可贵的珍稀友情。
渐渐地,我们的孩子长大了; 渐渐地,我们去中文学校的次数变少了; 渐渐地,我们只是通过偶遇来聊会天了。最近的一次卫文给我看手机里她刚完成的一幅葡萄酒杯的静物画。我以为那是一张照片,我以为她在开玩笑。然后我又看到了那熟悉的开心的笑容,带着满满的成就感和幸福感 ......
我一直坚信, 生命就是永恒的, 陪同肉体度过的时光不过是其中的一段旅程。很遗憾,卫文不得不过早地结束了这段旅程,纵有千般的无奈和万般的不舍。衷心地祝她未来旅程平安,顺利。一路走好,卫文!

Mingjie Yang

January 15, 2020

Vivian is always resourceful. Whenever I have a question or am in need of something, she would offer me a warm smile and the most needed help. She is full of energy and passion. I will always remember you as my friend dearest Vivian. May you Rest In Peace.

Jane Zheng

January 15, 2020

Vivian! I still don’t believe you had left us! In past years, we had been chatting about kids and work at parties and camps; I was always impressed by your patience and love to kids! We chat about fun and challenges as a working mom; I remember I told you that I love finance but can’t tolerate accounting, you replied that “because you were not in to it” .........those days filling with laughs and holiday joys!
We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember that you lived , and your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget! You’ll be missed dearly, Vivian!

Fuming Fong

January 13, 2020

We always remember the pleasant Alaska cruise with Vivian and her happy family.


Alaska anniversary cruise 2015


2015 Alaska cruise memory 1


2015 Alaska cruise memory 2


2015 Alaska cruise memory 3


2015 Alaska cruise memory 4


2015 Alaska cruise memory 5


2015 Vancouver


2015 Vancouver with college friends


Arizona camping fun