Vanaja was the daughter of the late C. Srinivasa Iyengar of P. S. H. S. School, Mylapore. She was born in Chidambaram and moved to Chennai in 1940.
She studied in Lady Sivaswami Girls’ High School and Stella Maris College.
Vanaja later did her M.Ed and was a teacher in Sarada Vidyalaya Girls’ High School, T. Nagar for 35 years between 1958 and 1993.
She was the first assistant of the school and her classes in social studies are well remembered by her students.
She was the president of the Vedachala Garden Association till her end.
Many people who were closely associated with her recall the many times she went the extra mile to help people.
Vanaja leaves behind two daughters, Urmila and Radha. Vanaja lived at 26, Vedachala Garden, Mandaveli.
The family can be reached at 2834 2293, 2834 4746.