Sharon Rice VAUGHAN
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Founded First Battered Women's Shelter Sharon, 73, was struck by a vehicle March 24, 2015 while on a trip to Cuba. A humble, generous warrior for peace, she became a VISTA volunteer in the early 1970s and worked with others to establish Women's Advocates, the first shelter for battered women in the U.S. She campaigned for local, national and international policies and programs to stop violence. She was a professor emerita at Metropolitan State University, where she developed courses in community violence prevention, and was board co-chair of Women Against Military Madness. She earned a doctorate from Manchester (U.K.) University. Her daughter Rachel died in 2006. Sharon leaves sons Jeremy of St. Paul and Thom (Patricia) of Pocatello, Idaho; grandchildren Tyler, Drew and Taryn; sisters Mary Bandt of North Oaks and Margaret Langland of Columbia, MO, brother Robert Rice of Jamestown, ND, nieces, nephews and the Martinez family. A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Unity Church-Unitarian, 733 Portland Ave., St. Paul. (Photo by Lisa Miller, U of M )

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Published in Pioneer Press from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2015.
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September 11, 2018
My sincerest heartfelt condolences goes out to the family of one of the dearest person I have ever met. Always so loving, accepting, and validating me in more ways than one. Ms. Sharon was always there for me when I needed her, like a second mom, my mentor, my friend, and someone who I had the utmost respect for. My heart aches just to spend one more day with you. May she RIP. You will always be in my heart Ms. Sharon. I love and miss you more than words can say. ~Carmen
Author Carmen Love
November 25, 2015
So Sad to hear of your passing Sharon, you were a bright light in my life, as an adviser and a friend.
Sharon Wigren
April 3, 2015
Please accept my condolences. Keeping in mind the scriptural hope of everlasting life can sustain you.
--John 17:3--
April 2, 2015
I share in the sadness of many at the loss of Sharon Rice Vaughn. She was a strong and visionary leader, who made an enormous difference in the lives of so many. May Sharon rest in peace. May you, her children and grandchildren, be graced by your fondest memories of her.
Cheryl Kartes
April 1, 2015
May your heavenly walk be in peace,love and compassion dear warrior. You have won many battles, yet there are still some to fight and I know you will be looking down on us and be with us in spirit while we continue your fight.
May your family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances beheld in the arms of the angels while they are going through this sad time of loss.
May the "sparkle" in your eyes shine on us all.
Signe Pretzel
April 1, 2015
As a member of the Twin Cities progressive community we are saddened at the sudden loss of such a profound visionary. Sharon was an amazing thinker/do-er. Her energy and courage is an example to us all. Sharon, deep thanks. Your legacy lives on.
Susu Jeffrey
March 31, 2015
Sharon, its hard to believe you are gone. You were such an inspiration. And you were so much fun to hang out with. You touched so many lives, including mine. I will always remember fondly the times I had with you.
Rebecca McLane
March 31, 2015
I had the privilege of having Sharon Rice Vaughn as my advisor and as an instructor at Metropolitan State several years back. What a wonderful person. What grand contributions she made to society. She will be greatly missed. Thoughts of care and condolences to those who knew her best -- and for those, like me, simply had the honor of just knowing her.
Suzan Schmidt
March 31, 2015
My condolences to the family and friends of Sharon, who was taken before her time. As a proud graduate of Metropolitan State University (2003), I fondly remember Sharon as one of my professors. I'm also a snowmobiler, and her initials, SRV, are a brand of Yamaha sled (I'm a Polaris gal myself). Professor SRV was somewhat eccentric, but with a heart of gold, and she will be missed by many. Her contributions to the countless women (and children) she helped are beyond worth. RIP, SRV--your work here is done.
Laura Lindholm
Stacy, Minnesota
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