Mary Ellen Vaughan
1923 - 2018
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January 11, 1923 ~ February 16, 2018

Mary Ellen, was born in 1923, in Carrington, ND, the only child of Dallas and Vera Barber, and died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was raised in Cando, ND where she met her future husband, John Vaughan. Early on Mary Ellen showed a love for both music and theater. She attended college at The University of North Dakota where she was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She majored in English and Music Education, which led to her first job with the Music Educators Association in Chicago. Mary Ellen married her husband John in 1945 and they celebrated 59 years of marriage before his death in 2004. They became Northwesterners when they moved to Seattle, and then Vancouver where John started his medical practice and Mary Ellen dedicated herself to the raising of their four children. She began her active volunteering career with PTA, Scouting, and Little League. Her civic involvement included such things as Children's Home Society, Medical Auxiliary, and serving on the Governor's Advisory Council for Drugs and Alcohol. Mary Ellen was a proud and contributing member of First Presbyterian Church for over 60 years. Her life was deeply enriched by her fifty-plus year affiliation with Chapter FC of PEO. With her husband's encouragement, Mary Ellen became involved in the local chapter of the Medical Association Auxiliary. She quickly moved up the leadership ranks in the local chapter, served as state president, and in 1980 became the AMA Auxiliary national president. Her post took her to all 50 states for speaking engagements and meetings with local chapters. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of her years in the AMA Auxiliary was the true partnership it established between her and her husband. When she finished her national term, Mary Ellen set out to touch more lives in the Vancouver area. In the early 1980's she was instrumental in creating Friends of Hospice and served as its first president. An avid golfer (member of Royal Oaks CC 61 years), gardener, and traveler, she also enjoyed a good bridge game, making many friends in the process. She moved from Fairway Village to Touchmark 17 years ago, ending her life as an active member of the Touchmark community. Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband John. She is survived by her four children, Barbara Olson (Craig) Pullman, George Vaughan (Susan) Vancouver, Dr. Rick Vaughan (Jan) Ellensburg, Betsy Ellingson (Rick) Gig Harbor, numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Special thanks go to the loving community of Touchmark and PeaceHealth Hospice SW. Mary Ellen was well loved by her family, friends, and colleagues. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main Street, Vancouver. Arrangements are by Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington, PO Box 3116, Vancouver, WA 98668.

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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 25, 2018.
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February 10, 2021
It is so nice to bring Mary Ellen to mind and see her pretty face once again. She was a fine lady and married to a fine man and doctor. They were well respected by all.
Irene Michaud Sevey
March 22, 2018
She will be greatly missed in her long-time neighborhood of Southcliff. We remembered her fondly tonight at the Southcliff Neighborhood Association meeting.
Ann Donnelly
March 2, 2018
She was a very dear friend.
with love, Dr Milton and Joann Johnson
March 1, 2018
you will be so missed by so many,but never forgotten,god has another angel by his side.god bless you and mom are back together you.
larry and sandy bolen,webb'
February 28, 2018
I think Michigan was clicked on instead of Hampden, Maine. Sorry, but I couldn't back to correct my condolences to your family. Great lady.
Irene Michaud Sevey
February 28, 2018
I send my condolences to the Vaughan family. Mary Ellen was a very special lady that I enjoyed knowing when I belonged to R.O.C.C before I moved back to Maine in 2006. She will be missed by all her friends and family.
Irene Michaud Sevey
irene Michaud Sevey
February 26, 2018
George and Sue sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Remember the good times you shared with her. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Gods blessings be with you and your families. We are sorry but we won't be able to attend the funeral as we will be out of town. ❤ Earl and Diana
Earl and Diana Bliss
February 26, 2018
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
February 25, 2018
Barbara and Family, Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time! May you find peace in all your wonderful memories with your Mom, HB class of 1964. Roger and Joy (Fry) Ringstead
Roger Ringstead
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