Aletia Marie Vaughn

Funeral services for Aletia Marie Vaughn, 46, Eudora, will be 1 pm Monday February 4, 2019, at Lawrence Free Methodist Church.  A visitation will be from 3-4 pm Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Aletia Marie Yee was born on July 19, 1972, in Newton, KS, and grew up in Potwin. She attended Potwin Elementary School before the family moved to El Dorado, KS.

“Eeshie,” as she was known to close friends, attended El Dorado Middle School and played the flute, was on the basketball team, and sang in the show choir at El Dorado and Bluestem High Schools.

She attended Coffeeville Community College and graduated from Kansas University, where she studied Chinese and majored in political science.

Aletia met Gary Vaughn while they were both working at Wal-Mart. They married in 1993 and had two children, who were the loves of Aletia’s life: Chelsea Nicole in 1994, and Jordan Vance in 1997.

She was Human Resources Supervisor at Dobski & Associaties, where she worked for 23 years, managing hundreds of employees for 13 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the region. Known for her strong work ethic and her kindness to employees who were struggling, Aletia saw her colleagues as family, and took great pride in her job.

Aletia was very active in supporting her kids’ school and sports activities all year long. She loved to scrapbook, to spend time with her young nieces from Colorado, and to visit her family in California, which she did countless times throughout her life.

A compassionate dog lover who was quick to laugh and generous beyond good sense, Aletia always opened her home to friends of her children who needed a place to stay. At Christmastime, she collected trees, decorations and ornaments and distributed them to families who would otherwise go without.

She died suddenly on January 23 in her home, and is survived by her father, Jerry Yee; brother Lee Yee and nephew Lane Yee; nieces Madeline and Macey; dogs Roscoe, Aurora and Bagel; and children Chelsea and Jordan Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Ronald McDonald House charities, Lawrence Community Shelter and/or the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Jill H.(Demo ) Garbs...

Thinking of all of you.she was such a kind person.sorry for your loss.I also had her mom as a teacher ,that is how I knew Aletia many years ago.They were so fun to be around.God bless all

From Steven Smotherman...

To the Family,
The unexpected loss of a loved one is a hard burden to bear. I want to extend my condolences in your time of grief. Aletia was a very nice person and the utmost professional. I’ve found that the scriptures in John 14:1-4 gave me comfort in times such as these. May God bless and keep you.

From Rochelle Dickson...

I’m going to miss my jolly laughing friend with the fierce soul! Give your Mom a hug for me. We’ll see you in Glory 💖

From Cari Redden...

Dear Chelsea and Jordan,
Your mom was one of a kind! Her smile and her laugh were contagious and there is no doubt that the two of you were her greatest joys. I had the pleasure of being in her care when I was 14-15 years old and she was a student at CCC. When my mother left town one weekend, Aletia stayed with me. When I decided my curfew was “flexible” she quickly taught me a lesson, I came home from a date to find my mattress on the front porch and a sign that said “Teenager For Sale”. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, you are in my prayers.

From Lori O’Neil George...

What an amazing life you led and what a giving and helping heart ❤ you had. Your two children are your greatest accomplishments. You will be missed. Until we meet again- Rest in Peace and Give Your Mom a Big Hug For Me.

From Renee Weeks...

Chelsea so sorry to hear of yours moms passing. Prayers for Jordan and you during this time.

From Gary L Keller...

I am in such sorrow to hear of your Mom’s passing…. she was always such a vital, fun and inspiring person in my life…. Chelsea and Jordan, know the love your mother shared with you as we celebrate her and remember all of the best she offered in her too short lifetime… My love to you all…

From LA...

Dear Family,
I send to you my heartfelt condolence on the loss of your dear family member. May John 5:28,29 truly strengthen you to reflect on God’s promises to bring back to life your dear loved one to a beautified earth where she can be reunited with her family, and never die, ever again. (Psalm 37:11,29; Isaiah 33:24)

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