Mary Lou Vaughn

The News-Times - - OBITUARIES -

Nov 4, 1933 - May 30, 2019

It is with great sad­ness to an­nounce that Mary Louise (Mary Lou) Cum­mings Vaughn, the wife of David Vaughn, died peace­fully on As­cen­sion Thurs­day, May

30, 2019 at Dan­bury Hos­pi­tal sur­rounded by her fam­ily.

Born in Norwalk, CT on Novem­ber 4, 1933, she was the daugh­ter of Joseph and Anna (Car­roll) Cum­mings. Mary Lou grad­u­ated from Sa­cred Heart Acad­emy in Stam­ford in 1951. She at­tended Dan­bury State Teacher’s Col­lege (now WCSU) and re­ceived a B.S. in Ed­u­ca­tion in 1955. It was there she met the love of her life, Dave, and they were united in mar­riage on Au­gust 18, 1956.

Mary Lou taught Kin­der­garten and First Grade in Dan­bury, CT, Norwalk, CT and Colum­bus, GA. She went on to at­tend Sa­cred Heart Univer­sity and Mary­knoll School of The­ol­ogy and re­ceived a Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Re­li­gious Stud­ies. At the re­quest of Msgr. Ed­ward Duffy, Mary Lou was asked to de­velop the Re­li­gious Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram for pub­lic school chil­dren at St. Joseph’s Church in Dan­bury. There she served as the Di­rec­tor of Re­li­gious Ed­u­ca­tion for over

30 years. Mary Lou felt it was her call­ing to serve the Lord and the peo­ple of St. Joseph’s Parish, which she did with great pas­sion. Mary Lou truly en­joyed watching the chil­dren grow in their faith and love of God. She put her heart and soul into her work. She was a past Pres­i­dent of the St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild, a Eucharis­tic Min­is­ter and a mem­ber of the Third Or­der of Carmelites.

After re­tir­ing in 2000, Mary Lou and Dave en­joyed trav­el­ing to Ire­land, Eng­land, Panama Canal and es­pe­cially Alaska – she truly thought that it was the “Last Fron­tier”. She was well known for her fan­tas­tic cook­ing and bak­ing skills and for her unique and con­ta­gious laugh. She loved en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily and friends, es­pe­cially on the hol­i­days. She was a fun-loving woman who en­joyed a great party and a good laugh. A lifelong Yan­kees fan, she en­joyed watching and at­tend­ing games with her fam­ily. Her fa­vorite all time player was Tommy Hen­rich. Mary Lou’s pas­sion for on­line shopping was un­par­al­leled – she will be missed by the UPS driver! She loved spend­ing time at the beach and cher­ished the fam­ily va­ca­tions to Cape Cod. Mary Lou was a vo­ra­cious reader who en­joyed his­tor­i­cal fic­tion and books on spir­i­tual growth and the lives of saints, from which she grew a great deal of inner strength. Her proud Ir­ish her­itage con­trib­uted to her feisty na­ture, de­ter­mined attitude, her abil­ity to achieve her goals and helped her to main­tain a pos­i­tive attitude through­out life, even in her most dif­fi­cult days. Mary Lou was a very thought­ful and car­ing woman who had an in­nate abil­ity to al­ways choose the per­fect gifts for loved ones. She found great joy in giv­ing and never ex­pected any­thing in re­turn. She was an extremely devoted mother and wife and will be tremen­dously missed; but her fam­ily takes great com­fort in know­ing that she has been re­united with fam­ily and friends and is now pain-free and at peace with the Lord.

Along with her hus­band, Dave, Mary Lou is sur­vived by her chil­dren Rick and his wife Jane, Michael, Sheila and her hus­band Greg, Brian and his wife Erin and Mark. Grandma was most loved and will be dearly missed by her grand­chil­dren Matthew and Ja­son Ne­jame, Ni­cole, Zach, Ali, Kevin, Ryan, Cailin, Nicholas Vaughn and her niece and neph­ews Maura McLarty, Jim and Paul Cum­mings.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, Mary Lou was pre­de­ceased by an in­fant son, Joseph Fran­cis, her brother Arthur, sis­ter-in-law Betty and her sis­ter JoAnn.

Mary Lou was so grate­ful for the love and care given by all of her won­der­ful care­tak­ers over the years but es­pe­cially Jenny, Mary and Nancy.

Vis­it­ing hours will take place on Thurs­day, June 6, 2019 from

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Green Fu­neral Home, 57 Main Street, Dan­bury. A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will take place on Friday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. (please note time change) at St. Joseph’s Church, 8 Robinson Av­enue, Dan­bury, CT. Burial will im­me­di­ately fol­low at Peter’s Ceme­tery,

71 Lake Av­enue Ext., Dan­bury, CT.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Sis­ters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hart­ford, CT 06119

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