Carmen Maxine Vaughn

December 18, 1921April 6, 2019

Carmen Maxine Vaughn passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 6, 2019. She was born on December. 18, 1921 to William and Hope Maxson in Stillwater, OK. In her youth, Carmen was an ace tennis player and was the oldest of three children. After graduating from Central High School in Oklahoma City, she attended secretarial school and earned her certificate with honors.

Carmen had an engaging personality and a sparkle that came from deep within. She was a dynamo who could do all things with efficiency, accuracy, and ingenuity. Carmen married Robert M. Vaughn on December 16, 1941. Just a few short months later, the newlyweds were separated for 38 months while Bob served overseas during World War II in England in the Army Air Corp.

Her first job was at the new Douglas Aircraft Assembly Plant at Midwest Air Depot (Tinker AFB). She was a trailblazer and there were many “firsts” in her work life. She was secretary to the Deputy Superintendent of Putnam City Schools and later was promoted to the school’s first Public Information Officer. She later became Secretary of the Board of the newly created Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech.

Carmen was involved Oklahoma City politics as well as many social and service organizations. Carmen served as the President of Oklahoma Hospitality Club for several years as well as the President of Putnam City Elementary and High School PTA.

Carmen’s whole life was centered and motivated around her family. She adored her husband as well as her children and as her family grew her heart expanded to encompass her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In Carmen’s later years, she lived in Frisco, TX with her daughter Debi, her husband Jay and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Katy and brother Gaylyn as well as her beloved husband, Robert “Bob” Vaughn.

Carmen is survived by two sons, daughter and their spouses; Robert M. Vaughn Jr. and Kathleen, Richard W. Vaughn and Teresa, Deborah K. Clark and her husband Jay; grandchildren Shannon McCutchen, Heath Vaughn, Erin Condict, Tyler Vaughn, Megan Bale, Jordan Sparling, Whitney Clark, Hayden Clark; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Carmen was the quintessential wife, mother and friend. She will be profoundly missed as our matriarch and forever lovingly remembered.


  • Heath Vaughn
  • Tyler Vaughn
  • Hayden Clark
  • Cole McCutchen
  • Garrett McCutchen
  • Aidan Vaughn


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 11, 2019

Carmen Maxine Vaughn

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Megan Vaughn Bale

April 11, 2019

Grandma Carmen was the kindest, most loving woman and was truly happy as long as the people she loved were happy. I never heard her say a negative thing about anyone and she could always laugh at herself. She was full of life and joy, and had a way of making everyone feel special. She made us laugh and always made sure we knew we were loved. Her love, sweetness, and especially her laughter will be missed.

Kathy Purdum

April 10, 2019

Carmen was such an amazing lady. A wonderful seamstress, always encouraging people around her, and loved her family fiercely. I always enjoyed our conversations, and when she smiled her whole face lit up. I will miss you sweet lady.

Jay Clark

April 9, 2019

Carmen’s sweet spirit and unconditional love has always made me feel so much apart of the Vaughn family. I’ve been so blessed to have had Carmen as a mother in-law. Her joy for life and family will remain a long time memory for me. I’ll miss you Carmen.

Mike Daniel

April 9, 2019

Carmen - a most remarkable woman and role model. She was so welcoming, genuinely loving, and sincere in her graciousness. I will never forget her generous hospitality and acceptance of me when I first moved to Tulsa; all of which carried on for many years to come. I feel so blessed to have known her.

Shari Scarbrough

April 8, 2019

Carmen touched so many lives and I feel blessed to have known her. Deepest sympathy to her children and grandchildren. She loved all of you so much. She will be missed by so many and remembered by everyone who knew her by her kindness, graciousness and the joy she brought to every visit.

Deana Maxwell

April 8, 2019

Carmen had a long and beautiful life. She will be remembered for her smile and very generous heart.
She was one of the finest people I’ve ever known. My kids had a very special grandmother and Carmen loved her family so much. We were all blessed to have had her in our lives.