Judith Anne Vaughn

July 2, 1944March 23, 2019

Judith A. Shea Vaughn, 74, Harrisonville, MO passed away Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at Menorah Medical Center. Memorial service will be 5pm Thursday, March 28th, at McGilley & Hoge Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Dr., OP, KS. Visitation immediately following the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs and The Little Sisters of the Poor. Judi was born July 2, 1944 in Manchester, NH. She moved with her family to Merriam, KS in 1954, graduated from Shawnee Mission North high school in 1962, earning a BS in English Education from University of Kansas in 1966. She married in June of 1966, and after various moves, due to her husband’s military service, their son, Christopher Howard, was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1970. Afterward, they settled in Harrisonville, MO. They joyfully welcomed a daughter, Jennifer Marie, in 1973. In 1976 they purchased a photography studio, remaining in business as Skinner-Vaughn Photography for 18 years. Following her divorce in 1994, Judi attended graduate school to obtain her MA in library science, graduating from University of Missouri Columbia in May 1995. In August 1996 she began her career as a reference librarian at Johnson County Community College. During her years at JCCC, she achieved tenure & earned a professorship. Judi loved to travel. She loved exploring new places and during her career at JCCC, traveled overseas to Russia, Paris, & The Netherlands. Outside of work she traveled to Costa Rica, Alaska, and Mexico. She also loved taking trips with her son, Chris, traveling throughout the New England area. Her grandchildren were very close to her and she took them on what they called, “Nana Adventures”, exploring exciting places all around the Kansas City area. She was very close to her family and welcomed a great grandson in 2015.

Judi loved her job as a Professor Librarian at JCCC where she worked until she no longer could. Obtaining and sharing knowledge was one of her passions. She was a firm believer in living life to the fullest, and she lived hers as fully as she could.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Anne Fraser Shea, and her father, Denis Anthony Shea.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Vaughn & his wife Jennifer, Brunswick, MD, and her daughter, Jennifer Myer & her husband Michael, Grandview, MO, three grandchildren and a great-grandson.


  • Christopher Vaughn and his wife, Jennifer, Son
  • Jennifer Myer and her husband, Michael, Daughter
  • Judi is also survived by three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

  • Wayside Waifs
  • Little Sisters of the Poor


  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Visitation following the Service at the Chapel Thursday, March 28, 2019

Judith Anne Vaughn

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sally Bennett

April 2, 2019

I just heard this morning of Judy's passing. She led my Comp classes in how to use the JCCC databases, and we would often visit a bit before and after. I had my last conversation with her in February. I'll miss her bright outlook, until we meet again. My prayers to the family during this time of loss.

Gretchan (Maatsch) Pearce

March 28, 2019

Judy and I were sorority sisters at Kansas and in the same pledge class. She was always fun to be around and contributed much to the house. Only saw her once since those days, at a reunion a few years ago. Know her family will have many wonderful memories to help give them peace at this difficult time.

Gretchan Maatsch Pearce

RubyRenee Wood

March 28, 2019

Judi and I worked at Borders and JCCC together. The Border's Babes and JCCC won't be the same-she will be greatly missed.
Prayers and comfort.

Cynthia Kane

March 28, 2019

I am so sorry for your family's loss. I was able to know Judy through our work on various Kansas library-related committees over the years. She was such an optimistic and knowledgeable individual and I always welcomed an opportunity to visit with her. Praying for your family's comfort during this difficult time.

Lisa Riggs

March 27, 2019

Our condolences to Jennifer and Chris and their families. Judy was a friend and neighbor to our family for many years. She will be remembered in her loving ways she provided friendship day in and day out along with strength during moments of need. May your memories give you the courage to face the days ahead and the comfort to know you are not alone but watched over, love by one and all.

Len Dobens

March 26, 2019

Fellow volunteer at Wayside and fellow New Hampshirite (she was Manchester, I was Nashua)! Loved sharing stories with Judy about our jobs in academia. Thursday nights will not be the same without her wonderful smile!

Debbi Scheloski

March 26, 2019

I truly never saw Judy without a smile on her face. Wayside Waifs will miss you terribly.

Michele Williams

March 26, 2019

I also volunteered at Wayside Waifs with Judie. She was a very sweet person that showed so much joy and love towards the animals and staff.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ...

Erica Bush

March 26, 2019

I volunteer at Wayside Waifs with Judie. She was very devoted to helping the staff and the animals. Please accept my condolences.

Pam Dooley

March 26, 2019

Judi worked with me at Wayside Waifs. Her dedication to the organization and to the animals we care for was limitless. Judi will be greatly missed by myself and the entire Wayside family. Rest in Peace dear friend.