Ella Mills Vaughn

March 22, 1916 - October 19, 2008
Ella Mills Vaughn

Ella Mills Vaughn, 92, of Hendersonville, NC, died Sunday, October 19, 2008, at her home after a period of declining health.

Born in 1916 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Mary Green Mills. She was the lone survivor of this family of four sons and four daughters. She was married to Grady Vaughn, Sr. for almost 72 years and was preceded in death by an infant daughter. She was a loving wife and soul mate to her husband and was always helpful to anyone she had an occasion to be associated with. Ella was also a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to a number of children who will miss her very much. Her passing will leave a vacancy no one can fill.

In 1926, she moved to Hendersonville where she attended the city school system and graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1934. She was a longtime and faithful member of Mooreís Grove United Methodist Church.

She was employed by the Henderson County tax office in 1963 and served for 25 years, retiring in 1988. She was instrumental in enabling the tax office to migrate from a paper record system to a paper record system to a computerized system. She served the tax office under five leaders and was the assistant tax supervisor for a number of years.

In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by her sons, Grady Vaughn, Jr. and wife, Adriana, and Michael E. Vaughn and wife, Aki; her grandchildren, Lisa Romine, Cheryl Vaughn, Chris Vaughn, Julie Taylor and Jennifer Tankersley; and great-grandchildren, John Tankersley, Ali Perrone, Joshua Tankersley, Skyler Romine, Simeon Vaughn, and Caldwell Vaughn.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, October 23, 2008, at Mooreís Grove United Methodist Church. The Reverends Doug Tankersley and Glenn Camp will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one our prior to the service at the church.


Thursday, October 23, 2008
12:00 AM

Moore’s Grove United Methodist Church - Directions
2575 Chimney Rock Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • October 22, 2008
    Phyllis Mintz Maxwell says:
    My prayers and condolences to family and close friends. I worked with Ella for many years while I was with the County. I was the payroll clerk from 1975-2002 when I took early retirement. Ella was a wonderful lady and friend to work with. I will miss her. Phyllis Mintz Maxwell

  • October 24, 2008
    Linda W. Justus says:
    I had the privilege of working with Ella in the early 1970's at the tax office. She was a Godly lady, always with a smile. May God comfort each of you with His mercy and grace. Love and prayers, Sam and Linda Justus

  • October 27, 2008
    Ernestine Capps Nagell says:
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Vaughn, but yet, I know as she took her last breath on Earth, she took her first breath in Heaven. I knew Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn, and their sons, when I was 12, and attended First Wesleyan Methodist Church, on Highland Avenue in Hendersonville. She was always so pleasant to me, every Sunday morning. She is remembered by many, and was loved by all who ever knew her. May God bless her family and friends.

  • November 02, 2008
    Ross,Penny,Faith,Hunter,And Elizabeth Taylor says:
    Jenifer,and family,Ive been there with loosing my own mother and I can understand your missing her and what a emptiness there will be for you.But,hold strong to your faith and know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.And Praise God you will see her again.She will be waiting with Jesus for our turns to go Home in heaven.I love you guys if you need us for anything we are here for you.Your in our hearts and prayers.May the grace of God be with you thru each day.Love,and God Bless you and your family, Ross,Penny,Faith,Hunter,And little Elizabeth Taylor

  • November 02, 2008
    Jennifer Tankersley says:
    Grandmother was a cool hand on a sick child's forehead, pancakes on saturday morning and chicken 'n' dumplings on a cold winter night. She was the tooth fairy,easter bunny and santa all wrapped in one. As she grew older we saw how sickness can ravage a body, but it couldn't hurt her spirit she always knew God was with her and still had purpose for her life. Grandmother showed you don't have to give birth to raise a child. She's not just my grandmother, she will always be my mom. Love Jenny