Colonial Funeral Home

1801 East Red River Street, Victoria, TX


Betty J. McDowell Vaughan

December 14, 1926June 27, 2020

Betty J. Vaughan, 93, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020. She was born on December 14, 1926 in Edna, Texas to the late Henry B. and Fannie Mae Traylor McDowell.

Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family and many others. Betty was a long time member of Northside Baptist Church where she was very active and served with love. She worked many different jobs and spent her last 29 years at Region III Education Service Center, before retiring at age 85.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Marie (John- deceased) Outlaw. In addition to her parents, Betty was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raymond S. Vaughan; her son, Raymond S. Vaughan Jr. and all 5 of her siblings.

The family will receive guests from 9-10 am on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Colonial Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 am with Rev. Tim Williams officiating. She will be laid to rest at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com


  • Fannie Mae Traylor McDowell, Mother (deceased)
  • Henry B. McDowell, Father (deceased)
  • Raymond S. Vaughan, Husband (deceased)
  • Raymond S. Vaughan, Jr., Son (deceased)
  • Betty Marie Outlaw, Daughter
  • John Outlaw, Son in Law (deceased)
  • Five Siblings, Siblings (deceased)

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, July 3, 2020


Betty J. McDowell Vaughan

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Faye Cunningham Santellana

July 4, 2020

Mrs. Vaughan, my other Mother, is the sweetest lady I have ever met. Heart of Gold and always positive energy. We would talk for hours. I love you, Mrs. Vaughan!

My condolences to Marie and the family. God bless you


July 2, 2020

With deepest sympathy.Thinking of you in these difficult times and hugs and prayers

Michael Biehunko

July 1, 2020

I was a partner at Rosewood Funeral Chapels until I retired in May 2016. I met Mrs. Vaughan when her husband Raymond passed away and I was the young funeral director at Colonial Funeral Home that helped her with Raymond's arrangements. From that day on I can say I had a true friend. Anytime I would see her smiling face anywhere I would always get a hug. She was always so kind. I will cherish the memories of this beautiful lady. May god bring his blessings upon the entire family

Dwight Hulin

July 1, 2020

40 years ago Mr. and Mrs Vaughan hosted a wedding shower at their home. What was unique about it was that it was a shower for the groom. I was very appreciative of them doing this and had even called Mrs. Vaughan several months ago to thank her again for that very thoughtful action so many years ago. As God would have it I was thinking of her and talked about her to my children on the very day she passed. That day I had used a handsaw that I had received as a gift at the wedding shower to saw some limbs on a tree. One of my daughters was out there and commented how strange that the saw had a J. C. Penny label on it. I told her that "back in the day" Penny's sold tools under their store brand (PennCraft) and that I had gotten that saw at a grooms shower 40 years ago. So last Saturday around noon I began thinking of Mrs Vaughan, and that kind act of the groom shower, and I took the opportunity to tell my children about Mrs Vaughan.

When I think of Mrs. Vaughan one word comes to mind...service. She would make tuna sandwiches back in the 1970's for the youth choir at Northside Baptist Church so we could have something to eat after choir practice and before the evening service. She also helped pick out the avocado green youth outfits for the youth ensemble. She was always there at the church faithfully serving with that bright smile and she would always love to joke or tease with you with her spunky attitude. She will be missed but now she is up in heaven with Scott and Mr Vaughan and with no more pain. She is now able to Jesus face to face. Our lose is her gain. No telling what she is stirring up in heaven right now!


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