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Phyllis Louis Vaughan entered eternal rest March 19, 2014. Born in Columbia SC, Sept. 25, 1926, to Carlton J. and Marie E. Louis, she moved with her parents as a toddler to Towson, MD, a suburb of Baltimore which was home to both her parents and grandparents. She attended the University of Maryland and graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA. While at Simmons she met her husband of 63 years, Curtis T. Vaughan, Jr., who was getting his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Phyllis was a gracious lady, doing for others but always trying to deflect the credit. She was always there to support her husband and their four sons, and later, her daughters-in-law and ten grandchildren. She was an exceptional community volunteer as well. She served the Junior League of San Antonio in various offices, finally serving as President in 1965-66. She continued to serve the JLSA in an advisory capacity for many years as a sustaining member. For 12 years she was on the board of the Family Services Association, becoming President in 1971. Phyllis was an active worker for the United Way, serving from 1987-1990 as Chair of the Children's Health Services allocation committee. She was an active member of the Charity Ball Association, serving that organization as Treasurer, President, and Chair among other offices. She was active for many years in the Battle of Flowers association and was responsible for several years for their oratorical contest. In recognition of her outstanding community contributions, she was named by the Junior League of San Antonio as their Volunteer Extraordinaire for the 1992-93 year.

Phyllis was an avid tennis player who continued to play twice a week with her regular group until about three years ago. She was a gardener and long-time member of the Alamo Heights - Terrell Hills Garden Club which organization she served as President in 1980. She was a good card player and enjoyed playing games of all sorts especially with her family.

As a hostess, Phyllis was at her best - whether entertaining at home or at the lake house. Phyllis & Curtis's Christmas parties, always on the 23rd of December, for family and in-laws will be lovingly remembered. Most weekends were spent at the lake where she enjoyed having family and friends, playing tennis, swimming, sailing and water skiing.

Phyllis and Curtis traveled the world, an activity which they loved, mostly with friends Bill and Peggy Trieschmann, Houston and Carolyn Harte, and Bill and Carolyn Franke. While their sons were little they made family trips every summer. For their 50th anniversary they took all their sons, daughters-in law and grandchildren for a Caribbean Cruise. They loved it so much they took another family cruise two years later.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Curtis, her sister Mary Jane Hopkins, sons - Curtis III and wife Karen, Robert and wife Melissa, George and wife Claire, and Richard and wife Donna, grandchildren -- George, Gus and wife Erin, Morgan, Hayley, Rick, Torrey, Curtis IV, Avery, Ellery, and Melanie Vaughan, and nephew Brian Hopkins and wife Deniece.

Special thanks are extended to her house keeper and friend Griselda Gutierrez and also her good friends Curt and Jill Stewmon, all of whom have given exceptionally in the last period of her life.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
MONDAY
MARCH 24, 2014
1:00 P.M.
CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
510 BELKNAP PLACE

A private interment will take place in City Cemetery No. 1. The Reverend Patrick Gahan officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Charity Ball Association P. O. Box 6708, San Antonio, Texas 78209, Family Services Association 702 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212, or a .

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Published in Express-News from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2014
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