KATONAH, N.Y. -- Grace A. Vaughan, formerly of Katonah, died March 7 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Conn. She was 85.
She was born June 21, 1926 in New York City to the late Joseph and Margaret (Cavanaugh) Altritt. Vaughan graduated from St. Barnabas High School and studied art history at SUNY Purchase. On Nov. 5, 1949, she married James "Jim" W. Vaughan at Our Lady of Angels Church in Bronx, N.Y.
Vaughan discovered at an early age that she possessed a soft singing voice with perfect pitch and sang locally. Toward the end of World War II, she joined the USO and toured various base camps. This experience awakened a love of travel, eventually bringing her to visit to all 50 states. Being of an amenable nature, she was happy to agree with her husband that the most beautiful was Idaho.
Aside from the USO, Vaughan volunteered for the Red Cross as a nurse’s aide at Bellevue Hospital. In Heritage Village of Southbury, Conn., she joined just about anything that would have her sign up, from musicale to herb garden to renaissance club to bridge club to glass shop.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons Christopher (Diane) Vaughan of Houston, Texas and William D. (Kathleen) Vaughan of Bristol, Conn., her daughters Margaret (Stuart) Vaughan-Williams of Houston, Monica (Thomas) McGonigle of Fairfax, Va. and Marcella Vaughan of Houston as well as six grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held on March 12 at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla. Funeral arrangements were handled by Munson-Lovetere Funeral Homes.