Sandra Kay Vaughan

January 20, 1940April 8, 2018
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Sandra Kay Payseur Vaughan, 78, passed away on April 8, 2018. She was born January 20, 1940 in Lincolnton, North Carolina, the eldest child of Arthur Waldo Payseur and Gladys Carpenter Payseur. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Vaughan, her parents and her brother Pat. She is survived by her daughter Dale Elizabeth Vaughan, her brother Douglas Payseur and his wife Brenda, and her sister Gayle Payseur Jonas and husband Vernon. She is missed terribly by her faithful companion Manning who provided her with much comfort before her death. Always one to light up a room, Sandra was a longtime resident of Charlotte. Constantly covered in glue and finger paint “Ms. Sandra” taught preschool to innumerable children at Myers Park Methodist and Sardis Presbyterian Church. Watching a two-year old learn colors and hearing a four-year-old recite wobbly ABCs was Ms. Sandra’s pride and joy. She was fortunate to be considered a second mother to so many in her life and it brought her much joy to celebrate the wonderful events in their lives as “her children” grew up. When not making noodle necklaces, Sandra could be found rocking out at concerts. She and Dale (stalked) followed Bon Jovi (at least within the State of North Carolina) since 1989 and danced through at least eight of “Jon Bon’s” concerts (with the over-priced concert t-shirts as proof). Rick Springfield, Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, Pink, Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, among others, were also graced by their hoots and hollers. Sandra and her husband attended Westminster Presbyterian Church for many years. Sandra was also a member at Myers Park Methodist. The family thanks everyone that kept Sandra in their prayers during her illness. The family is grateful for the care provided to Sandra by Dr. Kathryn Mileham, M.D., and the nurses at the infusion center at Levine Cancer Institute (who played Bon Jovi at the center in her honor on April 9). In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, 208 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. Please specify for Sandra Vaughan and for Lung Cancer Research.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sandra Kay Vaughan

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russ miller

August 5, 2018

I am so sorry to read about the loss of your mother, she was a very special person in your life, (your friend), and special to so many others. You must know that she touched the lives of others in a remarkable way, as a teacher, leader, "grandmother" to her young charges; she will be missed. I too, enjoyed having her in my life, she was fun, and happy, and understanding. May God's hands reach out and touch you during this difficult time. It will be difficult as days and events remind you of her, but cherish those times and remember how special she was. Don't stop thinking about her and remembering her.


May 30, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God's Word that promises the last enemy, death, will be brought to nothing (1 Cor. 15:26) and the hope of being reunited with those whom have fallen asleep. (John 5:28,29)

Vicki Robinson

April 16, 2018

I do not know what I would have done without Sandra and the special role she had in the life of my family. Good smiled down on us as she became Greg and Gina's second mama. Giving the same love as only a mother can. Introducing Greg to fig preserves and Gina to sewing. She was always there to embrace the fun times and encourage during the hard. How do you thank someone who has given so much and return we are blessed with treasured memories.

Martha Vaughan

April 12, 2018

Remembering good times with Sandra and Jack. They were too young for us to call them “aunt” and “uncle”... according to Jack, but they were great entertainers and babysitters for Rob and me. We have wonderful memories of our weeks on Altondale. I can still smell the gardenias by the back door. Thinking of you especially today. Having had cataract surgery this morning, I am home bound today but please know that I am with you in spirit❣️

Betty deBrosse

April 10, 2018

Dear Dale,
There are so many memories of your mom and dad and also you living next door to me
on Altondale for many years / Those were the good ole days of being neighbors and friends.
Her smiling face and words of wisdom will certainly be in my memory forever. God bless
you as you deal with your mom's death.She will be missed by many.
Betty deBrosse

Joyce LaFrage

April 10, 2018

Dale, so many great memories of your Mom and Dad at Westminister and Sandra's dedication to the little ones. Sandra was a great friend to Mom and Jack was a great friend to Dad. Mom and Sandra would talk for hours on the phone. We will miss her. Sending prayers of comfort your way. The Eppley Family

Carolyn Peel

April 9, 2018

We send our heartfelt love and prayers. Our memories of Sandra are the best of times while we lived on Altondale. Sandra was a huge part of those times. She was a beautiful person who always ended the day on a positive note. She had an infectious laugh that help keep life in perspective.. We all loved Sandra very much. Because we are babysitting Johns three children while they are out of town we can not physically be there on Thursday.
Know our thoughts and prayers will be in your midst.
Much love, Joe and Carolyn Peel
ElizabethCity, N C