VAUGHN, Hazel Louise Stahl 93, passed away on April 28, 2021. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg. As a third generation native Floridian, she had many extended family members nearby, made lifelong friends, and enjoyed a smaller St. Petersburg where it seemed you knew everyone in town. During high school, Hazel worked at kiosk downtown where she met her future husband, Charles (Charlie) Lewis Vaughn. Charlie was stationed in St. Petersburg during WWII for basic training. When Charlie was deployed to Panama, they stayed in touch through daily letters. In 1945, Hazel graduated from St. Petersburg High School and briefly worked in clerical positions. At the end of the war, Hazel and Charlie were reunited, married, and soon settled down in St. Petersburg where they raised their three children. Hazel was a loving mother and for many years was active in the Mothers' Christian Study Club. Throughout her life, Hazel was an avid reader and an excellent card player, becoming especially skilled at Social Bridge. Hazel also enjoyed boating, camping, and needlework. When her oldest went off to college, Hazel welcomed the opportunity to return to work. She was employed by J.M. Fields and Maas Brothers where she worked for ten years. After Charlie retired from General Telephone Company of Florida, they moved to Spring Hill, FL and also spent every spring through fall in their beloved residence in Hendersonville, NC. They thoroughly enjoyed their retirement years. Square dancing became a passion for them both, and they frequently recruited others into this lively activity. When Charlie passed away in 2005, Hazel stayed connected to her Spring Hill social circle and eventually found a wonderful friendship with William (Bill) Unterberg. Hazel and Bill enjoyed 12 years of companionship before his passing. In 2019, Hazel returned to St. Petersburg to be closer to her family. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, James Ramsey Stahl and Alta Ordelle (Stahl) Rainer; and her sister, Betty Stahl Alexander. She is survived by her three children, Charlene Vaughn Scott, Peggy Vaughn Johns, and Alan Vaughn; eight grandchildren; and 16 great- grandchildren. Her family will fondly remember her always as Granny Vaughn. Funeral services will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Florida at 10:30 am on May 25, 2021. No flowers are permitted. Hazel's charities of choice were the Shriners Hospitals for Children
and Easter Seals.
Published by Tampa Bay Times from May 22 to May 23, 2021.