CANTON - Anne Lorraine Vaughn, 84, of Canton died at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton.
Born on April 25, 1929, in Canton, the daughter of Clarence and Fern (Casley) Saurbaugh, Anne graduated from Canton High School in 1947 and went to work at Illinois Bell Phone Company.
She married the love of her life, Paul Eugene Vaughn, on April 9, 1950. Paul died in 2008.
Surviving are three children, Dr. Bradley (Janice) Vaughn of Raleigh, N.C., Lynn Vaughn of Joliet and Liz (Arkie) Utsinger of Canton. Other survivors include five grandchildren, Layne (Peter Joseph) LaBarbera of Bartonville, Bradley (Britney) Utsinger of Canton, Megann (Tyler) Watters of Durham, N.C., Katherine Vaughn of Raleigh, N.C., and Bradley Kent Vaughn Jr. of Raleigh, N.C. Last in this line-up is one amazing great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Utsinger. Her beloved sisters and brothers-in-law include Patricia (Richard) Danner, Gloria and Harold Pschirrer and Betty and Bruce Scarcliff. Anne's surviving sisters-in-law include Sarah (Joseph) Rosich and Lois (Earl) Vaughn. Anne adored her many nieces and nephews who kept her company, washed her car and made her laugh whenever they were around.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, brother Gus Saurbaugh, and two younger sisters, Polly Saurbaugh and Sandra (Ray) Daley.
Anne and Paul journeyed from Canton to Springfield and on to Joliet, Ill., as his work at the telephone company continued to result in promotions. Every new move resulted in new friends and experiences for the Vaughn family.
Anne and Paul, Brad, Lynn and Liz joined family friends Don and Deon Cox and Al and Janey Evans and all of their children, Mindy, Missy and Brian Cox and Mark and Marcie Evans for two-week camping vacations every summer for seven years. Yes, Anne slept in a pop-up camper, cooked over a camp stove and paid a quarter to take a shower in a variety of state park women's rooms in northern Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and she loved it.
It wasn't until she moved to Joliet that she went back to work fulltime and tried to keep up with the activities of three teenagers that she started saving her quarters for her trips to casinos and Las Vegas instead!
Anne loved working as a clerk in the Joliet and Lockport offices of the phone company. Remembered by co-workers as a lovely, calm, extremely professional and competent co-worker, Anne retired in 1990, and shortly thereafter, she and Paul moved back to Canton.
Lee and Lucy Fuchs, the Cox and Evans families, Bonnie and Harold Schmitz, Helen and Bill Finkenstadt, Ron and Nancy Thorndyke, Phyllis and Hersch Peterson, Mel and Cynthia Rull: these are just a few friends collected by Anne and Paul during their years away from Canton.
She travelled to Europe and enjoyed life aboard cruise ships with the Thorndykes and Paul, and played innumerable card games and drank the occasional cocktail with the rest of them!
Anne and Paul also travelled out to Raleigh for celebrations and graduations for Brad's children and trips with the family to Smith Mountain in Virginia. Mom particularly liked to watch the July 4th fireworks from a boat on the lake with Megann, Katie, Kent, Jan and Brad. Though she continued to enjoy her travel to Raleigh throughout her life, Mom reveled in the company of her daughter Liz and her family, Layne, Brad, Britney, Emma and Arkie, and all of her sisters, their families and old friends when she and Paul moved back to Canton.
Anne loved Sunday afternoons at Glo and Harold's house, playing Kings, watching golf matches and listening to classic music of the 30s, 40s and 50s with her sisters. She loved Friday mornings, squeezing into Aunt Betty's car with everyone to head out to Brown's for breakfast, Walmart and Farm King for shopping and back uptown to Lewis's for a Coke and a sweet.
She loved shopping the Saturday after Thanksgiving; dressed in matching sweatshirts, she and her sisters would start the morning at Bob Evans for breakfast, baffling the servers with the sheer number of "light-haired" women wearing the same cheerfully decorated Christmas sweatshirt (honorary sister, Janet Meadows included!). Invading their favorite stores, Anne and her sisters confused retail workers who could not understand how what appeared to be the same woman could be in so many places at one time! Lunch was a riot of chatter and laughter as nieces and friends met at a designated location in Peoria, and all of this occurred year after year. Anne loved it all.
When Paul died, Anne's family became her support group, and they all supported each other as they lost Paul, Polly and Sandy over a few short years. Anne made friends and admirers right to the end of her life.
Good fortune found her in the Renaissance Care Center in Canton at the end of her life, and the Vaughn family cannot express their gratitude and thanks to every single member of the Care Center staff, from custodians to administrators. They openly loved Anne and treated her as a cherished family member. This we will never forget.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with a visitation two hours prior. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Renaissance Care Center and to the
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