Jeanne was born March 15, 1924 in Pocatello, Idaho to Leroy and Muriel Lathrop Ruggles. She grew up and attended school there, graduating from Pocatello High School. She then attended Idaho State College (now University). She married Harry W. Vaughn on December 24, 1943 at Watsonville, California. Harry was serving in the Air Force as a pilot during WWII and when his plane went down, was captured as a POW. Upon his release and discharge from the Air Force, the couple moved to Pullman where he enrolled in veterinary school. Jeanne was a homemaker and stayed home to raise their three children.
Jeanne went to work as a bookkeeper for Plumbers Lumber and Paint in Potlatch for 15 years. She then accepted a position as secretary and office manager for Dahmen Insurance Agency in Moscow for the next 32 years. After the agency became a part of AIA Insurance, she continued to stay on, retiring at the age of 85 in 2009.
Jeanne joined the Order of Eastern Star in Pocatello, later transferring to Potlatch Chapter #48 in Potlatch in 1953 where she served in all offices including Worthy Matron and organist, culminating 72 years as a devoted member of Eastern Star. She was a charter member of Bowlerama in Moscow, bowling for many years and winning numerous trophies and was named “Bowler of the Year.” She also enjoyed playing bridge, quilting, cross stitch, and especially family events. She also enjoyed entertaining family and community with her music, playing the piano, singing in the Presbyterian Church choir and singing for many funerals and weddings over the years.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 1998 along with a brother, Virgil Ruggles and three sisters, May Cunningham, Itolfern Brady and Marne Hanks.
She is survived by her daughters, Ann L. Davis of Boise and Valerie (Harold) Smith of Moscow and her son, John B. (Connie) Vaughn of Lewiston. She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Pastor Sue Ostrom of the First United Methodist Church and officers of Potlatch Chapter #48 Order of Eastern Star will officiate. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at the Methodist Church.
Memorials are suggested to Friends of Hospice, PO Box 484, Pullman, WA 99163 or to
Potlatch Chapter #48, OES, c/o Minnie Benson, 411 N Almon #207, Moscow, ID 83843.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.