Darlene Joy Vaughn

Darlene J. Vaughn, 84, of Shawnee, KS passed away March 31—a fittingly beautiful spring day for a woman who brought so much beauty to this world—at Bickford at Mission Springs Senior Living, surrounded by her family. 


She was born March 18, 1936 to the late Curtis and Ruth Joy in Chilhowee, MO.  She moved with her family to Shawnee, KS and graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1954. Thereafter, she attended Ottawa University, where she met the love of her life, Ronald Vaughn. The two were married on June 9, 1958 in Quantico, Virginia, and returned to Shawnee where they raised three children. She was an active member of Curé of Ars Catholic Parish where she sang in the Choir.  She was also a member of PEO and the Ladies Garden Club of Johnson County.  


Darlene is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Ronald Vaughn, Sr.; three children, Julia Vaughn McNeal and husband Myrle, Jennifer Vaughn Merrill and husband Clancy, and, Ronald Vaughn, Jr.; 10 grandchildren, Mallory McNeal Kam and husband Brian, Brendan McNeal, Clancy Merrill, Jr., Bailey McNeal, Madison Merrill, Sydney Vaughn, McKinley Merrill, Peter McNeal, Merritt Vaughn, and Davis Vaughn; and great grandson, Calvin Kam. 

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions in Darlene’s memory may be made to Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206.

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17 Comments on “Darlene Joy Vaughn”

  1. Mike Mullen Says:

    I a sorry to hear about your mother. your grandfather and my grandfather Hughey were great friends. Our mothers were friends, too.

  2. Mike and Kathy Novosel Says:

    We are saddened to hear of Darlene’s death, she was a truly beautiful lady inside and out. We will keep you Ron in our thoughts and prayers along with Julie, Jenny and Ronnie, along with their spouses and all of your grandchildren.
    Mike and Kathy Novosel

  3. Discipio Family Says:

    We are so sorry about the death of your mother. She was a beautiful, friendly woman. We remember family gatherings and many hours on the bleachers watching b-ball with your parents. God bless all of you and particularly your father. 61 years of marriage is such a blessing! Godspeed to your mother. Much love from all of us to all of you.

  4. Lenette Crawford Says:

    Dana and I are so sorry to hear of the death of Darlene. We have lots of fond memories, and we know she’ll be missed. Our prayers are with the family

  5. Mary Spruk Says:

    Ron and family….So sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. She was truly an asset to our St. Joseph Ladies Guild while you were living in Shawnee. I learned so much from her while she was President & I was her VP. May God comfort you knowing she is welcomed to the arms of Jesus.

  6. Patricia Lipsey Says:

    Dear Ron, Julie, Ronnie , Jennifer and families
    I am so sorry to hear about Darlene. She has always been a beautiful generous person. I still remember when I first met Ron and Darlene. Ron said ¨My wife will help you with decorating¨ and I thought ¨sure, a husband offering his wife´s time¨ . Darlene stepped right in and helped me with everything. I couldnt´believe what incredible people they both were. Ron and Darlene became our dearest friends and role models of how we all should live.
    Deepest sympathy to you all and prayers that you will find comfort in the wonderful memories you have. Darlene is much loved and will be missed Pat Lipsey

  7. Teresa Earley Says:

    Darlene was a beautiful person inside and out. God bless Ron, Julie, Jennie, Ronnie and the entire Vaughn family. Please know I am praying for each of you. We will all miss her beautiful smile.

  8. Marie Raikes Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, please know that you are in our prayers through this journey. Love from Colorado

  9. Carol Ann & Ron Turner Says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. Our condolences to you Ron, Ronnie, Julie and Jennifer. Our prayers to your and your family.

  10. Donna Pflumm Says:

    Ron & Family, I cannot tell you how sorry I am to hear about Darlene. She was truly a beautiful lady with grace and the biggest smile, she was good at remembering names too.
    Kurt & Ruth were special too.
    Ron I am so sorry I am glad that you have all of your family around you,
    My Granddaughters sure helped me when Nick passed. The youngest one was 4 and she said “Nana a Nick will always be with you, in your heart”
    That helped me. Prayers for all of you.

  11. Don & Glenda Bogard Says:

    Ron, Julie, Jenny and Ron, Jr., We are so saddened to hear of Darlene’s passing. You have both been dear friends during college and as we raised our families together. We cherish many happy memories and know she will be truly missed. She was so much fun. We will be praying for you all.

  12. Don & Glenda Bogard Says:

    Ron and family, We are so saddened to hear of Darlene’s passing. You have both been dear friends during college and as we raised our families together. We cherish many happy memories and know she will be truly missed. She was so much fun. We will be praying for you all.

  13. Shirley Douglas Says:

    Ron and family,
    I’m so sorry to read of Darlene’s death. My sympathy to all.
    Shirley Douglas

  14. Betty & Bob Dobbe Says:

    Dear Ron and family. Bob and I are saddened to learn of Darlene’s passing but have faith that she is in a better place. She was a wonderful person and dear friend. May God give you understanding and peace in the coming days.

  15. Sharon and Tom Waris Says:

    Dear Ron and family:

    Our love and prayers are with you and your family. Darlene was such a sweet person and always with a smile.

    God Bless
    Tom and Sherri Waris

  16. Dick and Kathy Jenkins Says:

    The Vaughn family was one of the first we met when we rented a house in McAnany in August of 1975. They took us under their loving wings and 3 months later we owned a Ron Vaughn home around the corner from them. We remain in the home we love and the Vaughn family remains in our hearts. Darlene is one of the loveliest women we have ever met. Blessings and peace to Ron and his beautiful family.
    With love, The Jenkins Family

  17. Sean McSweeney Says:

    Ron, Julie, Jenny & Ron Jr.,

    It was sad to hear of Darlene’s passing. My childhood is filled with great memories of your Mom – from the dinner whistle calling you home – to her watchful eye redirecting me – it was all good. She did things the right way and raised a three great kids.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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