Susan Dolores Viles Vaughan was born Nov. 27, 1921, at home in Afton, Okla., to John Foster Viles and Marvel Ina Baldwin Viles. She was eldest of four children, her siblings being Lawrence Viles, currently of Federal Way, Wash.; Anita Viles Jarvis, of Big Cabin, Okla.; and Veda Jean Viles, who died as a child. Brought up by loving parents in a farm home, Dolores passed her childhood working hard, playing the piano, and reading — three activities that would become some of her favorite lifelong
Dolores attended Miami Junior College while at the same time working in a home for room and board, the following year, she married Clell Vaughan on June 7, 1941. The couple made their first of many homes in St. Louis, Mo. Dolores' life was a happy one, but not without its challenges, one being the frequent moves associated with Clell's electrical engineering career. It was a challenge for a farm girl to endure such separation from her parents and home, but she managed with her strong work ethic and Christian values acquired during her upbringing.
Besides Oklahoma and Missouri, the Vaughan couple moved on to Wyoming, Arizona, Alaska, and Idaho, finally settling in Grand Coulee Dam, Wash. They raised two daughters along the way, all the
while maintaining a consistently well-run, fun, active and loving home. Besides managing the home and raising the family, Dolores also stayed busy teaching piano and music. Dolores and Clell eventually
retired to Omak, where they lived near their daughters, Joyce (Steve) Chervinskas, and Bonnie (Paul) Freese, later enjoying the increase of family members to include six grandchildren and 13 great-
With five children-in-law added to the mix, Dolores found herself being hostess to large holiday gatherings, which provided happy memories, family unity, and fun for all. After Clell's death in 1985, Dolores continued to be the pillar of the family, spending her later years traveling, playing the organ at church, gardening, and executing her homemaking skills to feed, encourage, and love her family and friends.
Dolores passed into eternity Feb. 9, 2013. Her service will be at the Omak Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 16, at 11 a.m. Any desired memorial may be made in her name there or to a charity of choice.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is caring for the arrangements.