Victoria DiStefano died unexpectedly and peacefully in her sleep at her home in Plymouth on Feb. 15. She was 68.

She was born on June 10, 1952 in Wilmington, De., to William and Inez DiStefano. She graduated from Wilmington High School in 1970 and went on to earn accreditations in art history, museum administration and historic preservation from the University of Delaware, Boston University and William and Mary. Her various roles in preservation planning in Cambridge and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as her work with the International Archives in Boston, highlighted her devotion to keeping a record of places believed to be historically significant and eye-catching. Additionally, she was passionate about European history, particularly Italy, where her father was born, and devoted time to help preserve some of its artistic past through her involvement with Save Venice.

Victoria’s love of all things natural and beautiful was her trademark. She was known for her impeccable fashion sense and a magical touch that could make even the smallest, most plain spaces resemble a whimsical jewel box after only a few hours. Without question, the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard was what welcomed Victoria to call the Island her true home. Living there for over 15 years, she made lifelong friendships which she cherished every day despite the time and distance between them. The Island understood her deep appreciation for its woods and beaches and provided her with the most unique treasures of sea glass, spectacular bird feathers and heart-shaped stones. For Victoria, a perfect day would be one spent with her daughter, son in law and grandchildren swimming at Lambert’s Cove beach, followed by a sun-kissed game of Scrabble, which she would always win, after dinner made of ingredients only found on the Island’s many farms.

Victoria was a woman of many impressive words who brought unforgettable light into the lives of those who got to know her truest self. She is survived by her daughter Lindsay Harlow (Hovanesian), her son in law H. Trevor Harlow; granddaughter Emerson Harlow and grandson Harold (Pierce) Harlow all of Hamilton; her beloved sister, Kathy Simpler of Wilmington, De.; and her adored niece and nephews, Chris Simpler of Bartlesville, Okla., Laura Simpler of Wilmington, De., and Greg Simpler and his wife Amy Simpler of Wilmington, De. She is predeceased by her father William Distefano, her mother Inez DiStefano and her brother Alan Sowden.

A celebration of her life will be held at a beach on Martha’s Vineyard as soon as everyone can gather safely.

Donations can be sent to the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation.