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Friday, January 23, 2015

Florence Lillian (Rice) Vaughn Obituary

My grandpa, Alfred Vaughn with his sister, Florence (Rice) Vaughn

Florence L. Vaughn

Died June 15 (1989). She was born in Merrill, Wis. and was a retired school teacher in the Chelan and Douglas County School Districts. She was a member of the State and National Retired Teachers Associations and the Highline United Methodist Church. She was preceeded in death by her husband, Stanley G. Vaughn. She is survived by three sons: James, Homer and E. Lowell; two daughters Mary Taplett and Carolyn Corley; 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and three great-great granddaughters. Memorial services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Highline United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at the Pattrer's Funeral Chapel in Burien, Sunday from 3-5 p.m. and Monday from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be at the Wenatchee Cemetery, Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Florence Lillian (Rice) Vaughn



This was written by Jim Vaughn:

Florence Lillian Rice Vaughn was born on December 1, 1894 in Merrill, WI. Her family came to Wenatchee in 1902 and she grew up there.

She graduated from Bellingham Normal School with a lifetime teaching certificate and taught school for a total of 27 years.

She met her husband to be while she was teaching in the Entiat Valley and Boarding with the Vaughn family. There were 9 Vaughn children, so the Vaughn's represented a good portion of the school enrollment.

She married Stanley George Vaughn on June 12, 1920 and raised a family of 5 children.

When Stanley was injured in 1936, Florence returned to teaching to support the family.

Teaching jobs were scarce for so many years. She had to teach rural schools like Pitcher Canyon, Chesaw, WA (near Oroville) and 25 mile creek on Lake Chelan.

During this time, her family was split. The younger two lived at school with her and the 3 older sons were at home. She would return often to supervise the Home-front. She many times drove a 1938 Buick 185 miles thru snow and storms, putting on her own chains to make sure that all was well at home!

Later in 1943, she and her sister in-law, Christine (Peterson) Vaughn pioneered the teaching of Handicap Children in Wenatchee.

She finally retired in 1958 and she and Stanley moved to Seattle.

Stanley died in 1969 of a massive heart attack. She spent her later years at the Northwest Danish Home and Burien Terrace Nursing Home in Seattle.

Lowell Vaughn obituary

Ernest Lowell Vaughn

1930 - 2015 | Obituary  Condolences
Ernest Lowell Vaughn Obituary
Ernest Lowell Vaughn

Lowell Vaughn passed away peacefully in Auburn, Washington on January 16th, 2015. Lowell was the youngest in a family of 5 born in Wenatchee Washington February 3rd, 1930 to Stanley and Florence Vaughn.

Lowell was a graduate of the University of Washington in mechanical engineering. As a college student he met his wife to be, Betty Jeanne Sills, which resulted in a marriage of 63 years. He enjoyed a career of 41 years as a project equipment engineer for the Boeing Company. Lowell had a passion for the outdoors and invested many of his years in leadership positions for the scouting organization. In later years he went on to support the Lion's organization and received the coveted Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for dedicated humanitarian services. Lowell and Betty enjoyed connecting with family but also engaged in many social relationships that brought them across the globe. Lowell's favorite past time was to share a bowl of ice cream with family or friends and sing old ditties which he learned as a child.

Lowell was preceded in death by one grandchild and is survived by his wife, 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled at Fairwood Community United Methodist Church on Sat., 1/24/15 at 11:30am, 15255 SE Fairwood Blvd., Renton WA 98058.

We welcome you all to a follow-on reception in Lowell's honor at the River Rock Grill and Ale House starting at 1:30pm, 4050 Maple Valley Hwy., Renton, WA 98058. Sign Lowell's on line Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, 2015

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

James Frederick "Jim" Vaughn Obituary

James Frederick "Jim" Vaughn

Obituary  Condolences

James "Jim" Frederick VAUGHN James Frederick Vaughn, "Jim" was born May 31, 1922 in Wenatchee, WA to Stanley G. & Florence Vaughn, and passed away in Des Moines, WA on July 29, 2011. Jim was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He served as a scoutmaster and was a founding member of Troop #352. Jim was a charter member of the Highline United Methodist Church in Burien. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in WWII in the Pacific Theatre and was in Okinawa at the conclusion of the War. Jim was married to Jean B. Weythman on October 25, 1941 and moved to Seattle where they built their first home with the help of Jim's grandfathers. Building & remodeling homes became an avocation for him. He began a career at Boeing in 1941 and after the war resumed his position there, for a total of 38 years. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Jean, and their children, John & Barbara. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jim, Marie, Kim, Jana, & Julie, great-grandchildren Brie, Brandon, Ellie, Will & Charlie, his siblings Mary Taplett, Homer Vaughn, Carolyn Carley & Lowell Vaughn & many friends and extended family. He is preceded in death by his daughter Sandy in 1993, and by his grandson Jay in 1985. Viewing will be held Friday, August 5, 2011 9am-Noon at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98403 (253) 272-1414, with graveside services following at 2pm at Washington Memorial Cemetery, Seatac, WA. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2011 2-4pm at the Wesley Homes Terrace, 816 S. 216th St, Des Moines, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Circle of Concern, Wesley Homes, (866)937-5390. Please sign online guest book at www.tuellmckee.com
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 3, 2011

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Alfred T. Vaughn's Obituary

Friday, July 30, 1999 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

Alfred Tennyson Vaughn; Turned To Poetry Late In Life

Seattle Times Staff Reporter
For his first six decades, Alfred Tennyson Vaughn, named after England's poet laureate, wasn't impressed with poetry.

Instead, he focused on building and operating radio and telegraph equipment for the U.S. Army in Alaska, then doing more modern communications work for Boeing.

Only when he retired did he begin to scribble a little. His first lines were on a restaurant napkin, but the resulting jingle about Seattle won him and his wife a trip to Las Vegas.

He then got serious about his writing. He published poems in magazines and in children's booklets. His letters to editors showed a wry wit, love for things literary and knowledge of the world.

"He was constantly writing or penning things," said his daughter Marilyn Sabo of Bothell. "His mind was always going."

Mr. Vaughn died Sunday (July 25) of cancer. He was 84.

The man many children called "Grandpa," for his age as well as for his warm presence and funny stories, was one of 12 children born to settlers in Entiat, Chelan County.
"Most of 'em were boys, and his mother was running out of names, but she liked poems and named him for (Alfred, Lord) Tennyson," said Sabo.

As a youth, Mr. Vaughn was more interested in the then-emerging technology of radio. He became a communications specialist after enlisting in the Army in the late 1930s. He served during World War II and the Korean War, spending many years at remote installations in Alaska.

He retired from the Army in 1959, went to work for Boeing in Seattle, then retired in 1971.

Through his life ran a thread not only of communications but also of devotion to his Christian faith, expressed in music and hospitality.

Active in his church, he sometimes played hymns such as "Amazing Grace" on the musical saw to the delight of parishioners and people at the missions.

"He used to joke that one side of the saw was `sharp' and the other, `flat,' " said his daughter.

Whenever he saw military personnel at a church service, he invited them home for supper.
And maybe, if the mood was right, he'd share a poem, or jot one on the spot.
Also surviving are his wife of 55 years, Naomi Vaughn of Bellevue; children Wesley Vaughn, Altavista, Va.; Roberta Culberson, Stockbridge, Ga.; and Marie Dusing, Poland, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services are at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Fairview Church of God, 844 N.E. 78th St., Seattle. Donations may go to the church (ZIP: 98115).

Carole Beers' e-mail address iscbeers@seattletimes.com
Copyright (c) 1999 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 23, 2012

So blessed that My Mammaw was a woman of strong Faith in the Lord and had a Multi-generational vision for her family!  I miss her every single DAY!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Reminicing The Vaughn Heritage 5

Looking Towards Heaven (Pictured above is a well-loved man, named Dad and Grandpa.)

**Note** This is the fifth of 6 articles that were written by my maternal Grandfather, Alfred Tennyson Vaughn before his death July 25, 1999. I didn't know they existed, until I did some family searching on the net and they came up. They were published in 2000 after his death. Needless to say, since I didn't know these were out there, I was in tears when I saw them. They are a cherished gift from Grandpa, who was a wonderful writer and poet! We love and miss you Grandpa!

The Vaughn Heritage
Alfred Tennyson Vaughn

Editor's note: This week, in the fifth installment of The Vaughn Heritage, we read about the Vaughn School, school discipline and school pranks and games played by the students.

The Vaughn School

Ours was a one-room school. That is, the front entrance was used to store our coats and lunch buckets. In the main room, the teacher's desk, blackboards and a long bench were at the front of the room.
There were two rows of double seats at which lower grades studied. The upper grades were seated by rows in adjacent grades, in single seats. (Students who needed watching usually sat up front.)
At the back were bookcases for the school library. A map case hung above from which desired maps could be pulled down like window blinds. Also in the back was the old Seth Thomas clock with Roman numerals that had to be wound periodically. Lastly, a stove with pipe up to a chimney sat in the back center of the room.
The teacher made a schedule of classes and subjects for students whom she called to sit on the bench by the teacher's desk. A small push-button bell on the desk was used to call out the class periods and to ring for recesses and assembly.
A hand bell was used to call the children into the school at the beginning of each school period.
Last, but not least, was a sturdy ruler or yardstick which served a double purpose. It was used to teach measurements, and for the discipline of unruly and disobedient students. When a student was disciplined at school, they usually got equal time and treatment when they got home.
However, even the consistent rule of discipline was tested at times by some who figured out ways to tease or thwart the teacher.
Usually, one year was all a new teacher could take in a small country school. Either they married one of the local Romeos, or they transferred to another school to look over a new field.
I remember only two teachers who stayed two years or more, and they were both already married; and we considered them the best teachers. Perhaps their experience gave them an advantage over the "smart kids," for it was not long until everything was under control.
There were some tricks that were tried on every new teacher by the "Upper Classmen." One was the secretive placement of rubber bands on the heater when it first got warmed up in fall.
The other took place in spring when wild flowers came into bloom. One brilliantly red flower was appealing to the eye, but when left in a glass to warm in the sun, would radiate pungently rank perfume.
It would take some teachers longer to locate the source of this disagreeable odor because of the deceivingly beautiful blossoms. It was called Skunk Weed for an obvious reason.
Of course the usual tacks appeared on seats of unsuspecting students; spit wads from rubber bands stung the neck of dozing pupils; and notes got passed across the room, sometimes not successfully.
The punishment most often fitted the crime.
The cure for note writing was to have the pupil stand up and read it to the whole room. Love notes were especially interesting and embarrassing. The worst notes usually got the silent treatment with a note from the teacher sent home to parents by a brother or sister.
Two traditions were kept over the years to help the kids get past their spring fever. One was an outing where we competed making lists and gathering samples of wildflowers.
The other took place on a Friday afternoon near the end of the school term.
Three or four older students were chosen to be foxes who would be given a head start out over the hills to an unknown destination. They were to leave trails of paper strips for the "Hounds" who would try to catch up with the foxes. We took lunches along to share at the end of the chase.
Noontime was for a variety of activities by students who teamed up for baseball and other games.
Groups of three to five pupils would create "playhouses" under sheltering evergreens, and become "families," choosing the roles and names they would assume.
The ringing of the handbell five minutes before class time would call everyone back in for the next session of school. Often the teacher would choose a pupil to ring the bell.
Teachers usually supervised games and some even participated, sharing bruises and even broken fingers from catching baseballs without gloves.
Dorothy Harmon was one who enjoyed playing games with the pupils. I didn't know if there was any connection, but, she was my favorite teacher. She promoted me from first into the third grade and later became my sister-in-law.