Mary Dorothy Vaughn passed away on January 21, 2019. The daughter of Albert Frith Williams and Dorothy Geneva Fifield, Mary was born in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and grew up in Lenox, Massachusetts. She was a Mayflower descendant, and her family was involved in the original government of both of these colonies and the United States.
Mary was the wife of Wilson Bill Garland Vaughn, and the mother of five daughters; Wendy Lee Stewart, Victoria Lynn Simpson, Susanna Baxter, Melinda Chamley and Mary-Sue Quinn. Mary is survived by her daughters; sisters, Sue Williams and Dana Ann Smith; and eight grandchildren; Ashley Andrews, Lauren, Ryan, Ian and Emma Simpson, Caitlin Baxter, Brett Chamley, and Brittany Noelle Quinn.
A strong woman with a good sense of humor, Marys laughter was enjoyed by those who knew her, whether on the phone, or in person. She served in the Womens Ministries for many years at the Garden Grove Community Church, where she attended since relocating to Placentia from Miami. She was a graduate of the Fashion Academy of New York and was passionate about sewing. She used these skills to create items for her children and the churchs charity, and she made many lifelong friends while doing so.
Mary was a devoted mother. She was very involved in Girl Scouts when her daughters were growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Miami, Florida. She made certain her daughters were educated in the musical arts, where Wendy excelled and became a professional French horn player. Victoria played the flute, Susanna played the guitar, and Melinda played the drums. Her youngest daughter, Mary-Sue, is a classically trained mezzo-soprano who excelled in the vocal arts.
Mary enjoyed talking to people and making friends throughout her life. She spent many years working at Albertsons and enjoyed the people she met there. She was an avid reader, and a strong conservative. She loved her family, her country and the Lord. We know she is in His arms now, and with her parents, her brother, Captain Robert Bobby Dana Knowlton of the US Navy, and her husband, Bill, who preceded her in death. Mary was an original and we will miss her dearly, but we will always have a part of her in our hearts and in the good memories we have from our past.
Mary will be interred with her husband at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.