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Celebrating the life of
Bonna Bess Vaughn
July 13, 1914 - March 11, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 5:30pm - Sunday, March 20, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

My 1st husband was an MD anesthesiologist in Tyler and on occasion worked with Dr. Vaughn in surgery. He is gone and remarried to Dave Bain and both of us are in the real estate business in Tyler/East Texas. Remember being in the Vaughns' home on Park Heights Circle, which was always well cared in and out and with the azaleas, which are now blooming for the Azalea Trail. Dave and Carolyn Halbrooks Bain

Halbrooks - Bain, Tyler, TX

Bonna Bess Vaughn passed away unexpectedly on the afternoon of March 11, 2016. She had enjoyed lunch and a game of dominoes before suffering a heart attack. She was born July 13, 1914 to Clarence Neal Jones and Maude Whitaker Jones Fair in Tyler, Texas. She was a resident of Tyler the majority of her life. She attended schools there and had the good fortune of her mother being her second grade teacher. She earned her college degree from TSCW, now known as Texas Women’s University. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English and a music minor. She played the violin in the University’s Symphony and studied under Ralph Kirshbaum at TJC for many years. She was a school teacher after college until her marriage.
Dr. James Miller Vaughn and Bonna Bess were married June 2, 1937. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2007 shortly before Dr. Vaughn’s death. She spent her remaining years with family in Houston, Texas.
Bonna Bess had a passion for gardening. Her efforts were spectacular and she spent many happy hours making her yard an oasis of beauty. She was also an avid knitter making countless suits and dresses in a rainbow of colors. Green, being her favorite color, was used throughout her home creating a serene and welcoming environment.
Her love of knowledge and music was further expressed as she stood at her husband’s side quietly offering wise counsel in the many charities they embraced. Through many years the Vaughn’s gave generously to the medical, art, and educational needs of their beloved community.
Most importantly, Bonna Bess loved the Lord with all her heart. She enjoyed discussing and sharing her beliefs with everyone. She was a lifelong member of Marvin Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas.
Bonna Bess is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Maude Jones Fair; her loving husband, Dr. James Miller Vaughn; her sister Melba Jones; two loving aunts named Bonna and Bess, and her son-in-law, Matthew Hall Benton.
Bonna Bess is survived by a son, James Miller Vaughn, Jr., wife Salle Werner Vaughn, and daughter, Bette Vaughn Benton. She has three grandchildren: Gina Benton Angulo, husband, Geoff; Britt Hall Benton, wife Elaine, and Matthew Blake Benton. She was also blessed with 7 great-grandchildren.
Friends and family are cordially invited to celebrate Bonna Bess’s 101 years of life on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from half past five o’clock until seven o’clock in the evening at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home in Houston. She will be laid to rest on March 21, 2016 at two o’clock in the afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler, Texas.
The family would like to thank Bieola Cervantes, Celia Gonzales, Casandra Thomas, Bertha McCuin, and Debra Axel for countless hours of devoted care and many games of dominoes, her favorite activity.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family kindly requests memorial contributions be made to St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77027, or the charity of your choice in Tyler, Texas.

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My 1st husband was an MD anesthesiologist in Tyler and on occasion worked with Dr. Vaughn in surgery. He is gone and remarried to Dave Bain and both of us are in the real estate business in Tyler/East Texas. Remember being in the Vaughns' home on Park Heights Circle, which was always well cared in and out and with the azaleas, which are now blooming for the Azalea Trail. Dave and Carolyn Halbrooks Bain

Halbrooks - Bain, Tyler, TX


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