Mary Ann Vaughn of University Place, WA passed away peacefully in her home on the evening of Thursday January 6th, 2022, at the age of 71. Mary was born in Rock Island, Illinois on September 29, 1950 to Mary Ann and Thomas Davis, the youngest of nine children. Mary was a Mother of two sons and a Nana to five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Mary lived in Illinois throughout her youth and accepted Christ at a young age, where she joined Wayman AME Church in Rock Island, Illinois. She was a member of the Sunday school where she participated in many plays and youth activities. She sung in the youth choir and actively participated in the Young People’s Department of the AME Church. Mary was selected to go to Camp Baber in Cassopolis, Michigan on several occasions, due to her participation in youth affairs at the church.
Mary loved to sing and shared her gift with several talent shows in middle and high school. She notably always took first or second place. She loved to bake and would often bribe her nieces to do the dishes for a piece of cake. Mary graduated from Rock Island High School.
Mary moved to Washington State in the late 1970’s, where she pursued an education at Seattle Community College. She earned her degree in counseling, specializing in drug and alcohol dependency. For many years she worked as a Federal Employee in both Bamberg Germany and on Fort Lewis Army Base in Tacoma, WA. A career she enjoyed and took much pride in.
Mary enjoyed her personal Bible study, talking on the phone with family and friends and was an avid WWE/MMA fan. If you knew Mary, you know she loved a good scary movie!
Mary was proceeded in death by both her parents and most of her siblings. She is survived by her two sons Brian Davis and Steve Webb, her ex husband Tony Vaughn, all of Tacoma. Her legacy also consists of five grandchildren, Steven A. Webb, Martell Davis, Jasmine Miller, Joshua Miller and her names sake Joy Mary Miller. Mary had one great-granddaughter, Junie Lee. Mary also leaves behind one brother Robert Davis, a number of nieces and nephews along with many other family members.
Mary Ann will be greatly missed. She was LOVED by many!
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