SHREVEPORT, LA- Dee Poss was a dedicated mother, wife, sister, friend and educator whose elementary teaching career spanned 35 years. Born in Monroe, La. on March 3, 1942, Dee was always exuberant about life, passionately loving her family, friends, and numerous pets. She graduated from West Monroe H.S. and NLU where she played flute and received a degree in Elementary Education. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Reggie Vaughn, she began teaching in the 1960s for Caddo Parish. Dee forged close relationships with her students. Dee was an active member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, and frequently spent part of her summers at Camp Hardtner in Pollock, La. where she touched the lives of campers and counselors alike. She was exceedingly creative and always encouraged creativity with her daughters and students. Later in life, she married longtime family friend Cecil Jackson Poss and became a member of First Presbyterian Church. After retirement from her long teaching career, she began gardening, transforming her Broadmoor yard from simple shrubs to lush flowerbeds. She loved camping, and enjoyed spending weekends in the Arkansas Ozarks and traveling to the Grand Tetons National Park where her daughter, Alyssa, lives. She was dedicated to her daughters, friends, and family and always placing their happiness and well-being above all else. She was an outstanding cook, a talent she passed on to her daughter, Ashley. Dee died suddenly at her home on December 15, 2012. She is preceded in death by her parents Betty Mae Blazier and Bacil Cawthon, and husband Cecil Jackson Poss. Surviving her are daughters Ashley Vaughn Kneipp-Walford, Allison Jenet Vaughn, Alyssa Vaughn Beck, her husband Brian and their father Rupert Reginald Vaughn; stepchildren Leslie Poss Wong and her husband Robert Poh Wong; Stephen Chandler Poss and James Sanford Poss; and grandchildren Waylon Daniel Beck, Aaron Wong, Brendan Wong, Jackson Poss, Charlie Poss; sister Emilia Cawthon Beard and husband Eddie; numerous nieces and nephews and special friends Julia Blewer and Chris Minor.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11 AM in the Chapel at First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, officiated by the Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight and the Rev. Rhodes Stipp. There will be a reception to greet the family following the service.
The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Thomas Nosser whose chiropractic care through the years ameliorated her longstanding skeletal problems.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Outreach Ministries, with First Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA.