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Dorothy L. (Rosenbalm) Vaughn

Dorothy Lee Rosenbalm Vaughn, age 93, of Pleasant Hill completed her earthly journey on  Monday, January 14, 2019 returning to her Lord from her home, surrounded by family.

Dorothy was born June 25, 1925 in Pleasant Hill to Myrtle Lucille Foote Rosenbalm and Robert Harvey Rosenbalm.  As a youth Dorothy excelled in both track and basketball. She twice represented Pleasant Hill in the All Cass County Track Day winning the blue ribbon one year and the second place red ribbon the next year. She was a 3 year letter winner and captain of her high school basketball team, graduating in 1943. Dorothy continued playing basketball for the Pleasant Hill town team “The Jolly Green Giants” until she was 48 years old.

On August 14, 1943 she was united in marriage to Harold Edwin Vaughn, also of Pleasant Hill. They spent their entire married life in the Pleasant Hill community.

Harold and Dorothy raised 4 children. David Edwin Vaughn of the home, Sharon Lee Clark (Bill) of Versailles, Mo, Harold Dean Vaughn (Chris) of Marshalltown, Iowa and Robert Layne Vaughn (Teri) also of Pleasant Hill.

In 1960 Dorothy went to work outside the home. She worked at O’Hotta’s Ben Franklin store “for Christmas money”, became a friendly face at Charlie’s Dairy Cup during its heyday of the 1960s and was elected for 2 terms as property tax collector for the City of Pleasant Hill. She retired in 1988 after working 12 years for the Pleasant Hill School District.

Dorothy was member of the American Business Women Association, BPW, the Pleasant Hill Lioness Club, First Baptist Church and past treasurer of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society. She was a volunteer at the Pleasant Hill Health Care Center and served as chairperson of the VFW Poppy Sales effort for many years. Dorothy was a charter member of VFW Auxiliary 3118 and in 1972 was instrumental in the founding of the CASCO Area Workshop for the Handicapped. Dorothy served on its board of directors for 45 years.

Dorothy is known to all as a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a dedicated care-giver and a wonderful cook. She was a marvelous example of living life the right way for all who knew her. She always gave freely of her time, talents and heart making the best out of what this world gave her, always believing God would show her the way. She spent a lifetime of giving and forgiving.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold in 1987, her younger sister Lilyun (Mrs. Charles “Bud” Gray) and her life-long friend, Minnie Mae Crawford McGee.

Dorothy is survived by her 4 children, 7 grandchildren Ryan Vaughn (companion Kendra Rathje), Angie Shibe (Tim). Katie Deike (Ben), Aron Vaughn (companion Kathleen McCann), Robbie Vaughn (fiancé Kelly Wilson), Christina Benware (Patrick) and Leeanna Meador (Donald Wayne). She was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren Shalynn Meador, Grayson Benware, Brooks Benware , Brynn Deike, Luke Deike, John Deike, Kamryn Deike, Ava Shibe, Dean Shibe and Jake Shibe.


Visitation will be held Friday evening, 5-7 pm, January 25, 2019 at Wallace Funeral Home. A V.F.W. Auxiliary Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 p.m., conducted by V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #3118. Memorial services will be at Wallace Funeral Home on Saturday January 26th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket Bearers will be David Vaughn, Dean Vaughn, Rob Vaughn, Aron Vaughn, Ryan Vaughn, Robbie Vaughn and Danny Vaughn. Honorary Bearers are Bill Clark, Arlin Vaughn, Homer “Sonny” Foote, Darrell Gray, Johnny Albin, Robert Lee Crawford, Dean Bradshaw, Charlie Walker and “All Her Boys”.


The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually in this space, but including Village Hospice, Ann Cotter, Ruthie Redford, Donna Callaghan and Kim “Twyla” Murphy. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the CASCO Area Workshop in Dorothy’s memory.

Well done, Dorothy Lee Vaughn, My good and faithful servant. A good daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and always a friend.

                                                         Rest in peace.

15 Messages

  • Debbie Middleton Good Posted January 17, 2019 3:35 pm

    It is with a sad heart to hear of Dorothy’s passing. Her infectious smile and kind words are going to be missed. She left a beautiful imprint and I am so glad to have known her.

  • James Greene Posted January 17, 2019 6:13 pm

    Dorothy was a wonderful lady. I’ve literally known her all my life & she was always a treasure to see at the grocery store or run into her, downtown. When anyone needed to knowledge of a family member & their whereabouts, she knew!

  • Linda Allen Smith Posted January 20, 2019 7:43 am

    May you find comfort in the memories that you shared with your mom, please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Susie Gray Posted January 21, 2019 7:58 am

    Whoever wrote this obituary was spot on in describing aunt Dorothy. I’ve never met anyone in my life that waded thru this sometime difficult life with a smile on her face and such a positive attitude. Her example taught me some valuable life lessons that I will never forget. Pleasant Hill will be a little less sunny without her. Much love and heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.
    Love, Susie Gray

    • Frankie Redford Lees Posted January 22, 2019 9:47 am

      “ Jolly Green Giants” I love that. Dorothy was one in a million. I loved her ! We know for sure she is sitting at the feet of our Lord telling him all sorts of stories ! She willl be missed here on Earth and deserves that crown she’s wearing! Prayers and love to all! ❤️

  • Vaea and Camelia Smith Posted January 22, 2019 11:01 am

    Dorothy was very friendly to us at church and giving.

  • Bill & Linda Schrimpl Posted January 23, 2019 10:32 am

    My Dear Friend Dean and Family, I know no words can make your loss any easier but just be reminded that there are many prayers being offered for your mom and your family. I will always remember the fun time down in Pleasant Hill and your mom making us all feel part of the family while we were there. May she rest in peace and Gods perpetual light shine upon her. Love to all, Bill & Linda

  • Ken Alexander Posted January 23, 2019 10:58 am

    A wonderful lady sorry for your lost.

  • TAMMY WOOLFORD Posted January 23, 2019 3:41 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She was a truly beautiful person, inside and out. One of my favorite people of all time. This obituary is so spot on. Such a giving and loving lady. My condolences to the family and to the community of Pleasant Hill who have lost such a beautiful sole.

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