Anita Delores Vaughn

April 27, 1937December 5, 2019

Anita Delores Vaughn, 82, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to many, passed away peacefully and entered her Heavenly Home on Thursday, December 5, 2019, in South Houston, Texas. She was born April 27, 1937, in Houston, Texas, to Guy and Helen Mayes. Anita was preceded in death by her son Terry Vaughn and her parents Guy Mayes and Helen & Ken Watanabe.

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Sidney; her children: Bryan & wife Leah Vaughn of Friendswood; Karen Vaughn of Deer Park; and Robin & former husband Lanny Hughes of Deer Park; daughter-in-law Cathy Vaughn of Friendswood; sister Trisha Whittington of Dickinson; brother Larry & wife Gladys Mayes of League City, and sister-in-law Mary & husband Jerry Oberley of Florida.

Additionally, Anita is survived by eight grandchildren – Nathan Lee Vaughn, Adam Lee & wife Nairn Vaughn, Gabriel Lee Vaughn, Benjamin Lee Vaughn, Autumn Lee Vaughn, Hannah Lee Vaughn, Laurin Lee Hughes, and Austin & wife Vanessa Hughes; three great-grandchildren - Sidney Lee, Professor, and Malakai; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

Anita was known for her love of the Lord and her husband. She met Sidney in Kerrville, Texas, while they were attending the Kerrville Bible Training Work, which is now known as the South Houston Bible Institute (SHBI). She relished the fact that their home towns were 700 miles apart, but God brought them each halfway to Kerrville so they could meet. They were married June 1, 1951, in Houston. Sidney entered the ministry, and they moved a few times before landing in South Houston where they started Main Street Church of Christ (1959), now known as New Beginnings Church Bay Area. Anita graciously served as the wife of a Minister, Deacon, Elder, and Elder Emeritus. She especially loved the Namikango Mission work and helped proofread the most recent edition of the monthly newsletter just two weeks ago.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Namikango Mission, PO Box 21, South Houston, TX 77587.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, December 10, 2019


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December 7, 2019

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