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Eleanor Hayes Vaughan


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Eleanor Hayes Vaughan

Memphis, TN

Eleanor Hayes Vaughan, "GrandMimi" 103, of Memphis, died on February 20, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of sixty-one years, William Meade Vaughan, as well as her daughter, Jean Eleanor Vaughan. She is survived by her sons William M. Vaughan, Jr. and his wife Carmine of Memphis and Thomas Vaughan and his wife Ann of Durham, NC. She has one grandson Clark Vaughan of Greenville, NC and three granddaughters Jean Vaughan McGhee and her husband Shawn McGhee of Memphis, Leigh Vaughan Jaimes and her husband Kenneth Jaimes of Charleston, SC and Lauren Vaughan Hartpence and her husband Kenneth Hartpence of Salisbury, NC. She has five great grandsons and four great granddaughters. Eleanor Hayes Vaughan was born in Memphis to George and Marie Clark Hayes on September 16, 1913. She was a member of Church of the Holy Communion for sixty-three years where she had the distinction of being the oldest living member. She served on the Alter Guild and All Saints Guild of the Women of the Church. She was a member of Chickasaw Country Club, Arawata Garden Club, Les Passees, Women's Exchange, Thalia Circle of King's Daughters and Sons of Memphis.

Eleanor lived a life filled with love for all who knew her and had time to listen to everyone. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary for family or friends and kept a pile of greeting cards to recognize those special occasions. She was an eternal optimist about life and could find something kind to say about everyone. She felt a responsibility to the organizations that played a prominent role in her life and was generous in support of her church, the school of her grandchildren and her retirement community. GrandMimi was an inspiration to talk with and had an incredible memory of places and people she had known. It was not uncommon for her to relate an event that occurred eighty years earlier naming the exact time, place and people who were there.

The family is grateful for the loving and caring staff of Crossroads Hospice and Trezevant Manor and Allen Morgan Nursing Home. Their dedication during the past years sustained her spiritually and physically.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Church of the Holy Communion with visitation and reception to follow in Cheney Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to Church of the Holy Communion, 4645 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38117 or St. Mary's Episcopal School, 60 Perkins Ext., Memphis, TN 38117.
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2017
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