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Patricia C. Vaughn

Age 90, of Owosso, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 having lived with Alzheimer’s disease for 15 years. She was surrounded by her loving family and devoted caregivers.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Nelson-House Funeral Home; family friend Tom Cook will officiate. The family will receive family and friends at the funeral home from 10AM-12PM for visitation, followed by a celebration of life at 12PM.

Patricia was born March 29, 1926 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Floyd R. Palmer and Dorothy M. (Fish) Colby.

She graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids in 1944 and attended Michigan State University, where she met her husband, David E. Vaughn. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Institutional Administration in 1948 and was married the same year.

Pat created community wherever she put her efforts. Whether it was as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at MSU, with young people as an Owosso Public Schools teacher, as a leader within the League of Women Voters, being active in local and state politics, serving on the YMCA and Planned Parenthood Board of Directors, or as an aerobics instructor with the YMCA “Pat’s Body Shop,” she drew people together for fun and work that resulted in lifelong relationships.

She also was an avid skier, traveled the world over, and Pat and David’s beautiful home and gardens were renowned around Owosso. She was an inspiration for her husband and children to become pilots, she taking the first flying lessons. The Vaughn household was always full of neighbors, friends, children, gatherings, and love.

Patricia is survived by her husband, David E. Vaughn, of 68 years, her children, Rex (Sharon) Vaughn of Flint Township, MI, Jill (Chet) Garling of Glenwood Springs, CO, Carol Vaughn (Dean Smith) of Henderson, MI, and Tad (Jane) Vaughn of Greenland, NH; eight grandchildren; her sister, Judy (Wes) Harpold of Grand Rapids; several nieces and nephews, and many other loving family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents and her step-father, Fred Colby.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pat Vaughn Fitness Scholarship Fund at the Shiawassee Family YMCA, or Pat’s Place Adult Memory Daycare program at Care ‘n Assist in Corunna.


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Visitation

Saturday

4

Mar

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Owosso Chapel

120 E. Mason Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Celebration of Life

Saturday

4

Mar

12:00 PM
Owosso Chapel

120 E. Mason Street
Owosso, MI 48867

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