Rhoda Hughson Vaughan passed away peacefully at Wheatland Village in Walla Walla on January 5, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 241 S.E. Second, Pendleton. Interment will follow at Olney Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Diener and her son-in-law Steven Diener. She was predeceased in death by her husband of 52 years, Thomas Vaughan Jr., and her daughter, Jule Elizabeth Vaughan.
She was born in Fettercairn, Scotland, August 8, 1918. Her parents, Andrew Hughson and Harriett Johnson, brought her and her brother and two sisters to the United States in 1919. Her mother passed away in 1921 and she was raised by her father and stepmother, Mary Hughson, in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
She graduated from Sharon High School and was employed by the local phone company as an operator for a short time. She became the receptionist at Wilson’s Furniture Store where she worked for several years until she met a young engineer for Westinghouse, Tom Vaughan. They were married in July 1943. After the war, they moved to San Francisco where Tom was again employed as an engineer for Westinghouse.
In 1953 the family moved to Pendleton where Tom joined his father on the family farm. After her daughters left home for college, Rhoda opened a boutique in her home specializing in upscale women’s clothing. She continued to run her shop until she was in her late 70s. Vaughan’s Boutique was the delight of her life next to Tom and the girls. She lived in Pendleton until the death of her daughter Jule in 2010. She moved to Walla Walla and lived there until her death.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.pioneerchapel.com