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Marilyn Vaughn

Marilyn Lee Vaughn  passed away very peacefully at Gloria’s Country Care in Woodland. After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure and pneumonia (old age), Marilyn spent a couple of days in hospice care at Gloria’s, being visited by grandchildren and listening to her son read “Chicken Soup for the Soul”.

She was born Marilyn Lee High to Lee Marie (Cottle) & Julias Edward High on February 8, 1935 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Her mother died when Marilyn was 13 of leukemia. She was then adopted by her aunt, Velma (Cottle) & uncle, Ben Musick, in Kingfisher OK.

Marilyn attended Oklahoma University where she got her R. N. degree. She worked as a registered nurse until she left her profession to raise her children, Audrey, Ben and Joe.

She and her husband Neil Vaughn moved to Davis in 1961 with then-young Audrey & Ben. Joe came along in 1967 to the boisterous, bed-jumping response of Audrey & Ben.

Neil became a well loved doctor to the small town of Davis and U.C.D.’s students. Marilyn, progeny and community were robbed by his premature death in l985. Marilyn remained “married” to Neil for the rest of her life.

She was active in a variety of local and national organizations and spent the last half of her life as “Gramme”, to Ben’s 3 kids, Jamaica, Hannah & Neil and Joe’s son, Michael.

Marilyn was an integral part of an ageing generation of Davisites which, now with her passing, is growing quite small.

A private graveside service will be held at Davis Cemetery.

The family asks that, instead of flowers, donations be made to STEAC or one of your choice.

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I really enjoyed playing Rummikub with Marilyn at Atria when visiting my mother. And boy was she a competitive player! I am also honored that she was my mothers roommate at Glorias. My condolences

Ann Hayashi Oct 1 2020 12:00 AM

I will always remember attending Rummy Cube games with my mother at Covell Gardens, games organized and so ably led by Marilyn, Audrey, Joe , and Ben. Marilyn had such a special gift for being positive, for drawing others into an engaging circle of friends and acquaintances, and for helping others. It is a gift that the whole family shares in. I send my heartfelt condolences to you all. I will not forget.

Karen Leyse Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

My thoughts continue to be with Audrey and Ben - with Marilyn's grandchildren - with Marilyn's brother, Jack Musick, and sister, Kathleen Musick - with Marilyn's Bowman nephews and nieces. I picture her most prominently in Aunt Velma and Uncle Ben's kitchen in Kingfisher OK. Marilyn was beautiful at the Lorenzo and Laura Cottle family reunion at Davis.

Andy Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

Marilyn and Niel were among those I fondly remember from my childhood in Kingfisher. Marilyn's family had a big impact on my early days. It looks like her life was a blessing to those who knew and loved her.

Foster Johnson Sep 28 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.With love, the Boyds and the Teanskys

With love, the Boyds and the Teanskys Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM