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Former Juneau resident Vivian P. Vaughn, 83, died March 20, 2004, in New Jersey.
Born and raised in Juneau, she came to New Jersey in 1965. She had a colorful and adventurous life, including a close encounter with a bear, Russians and some talk of bootlegging. She resided in Stone Harbor for many years. Vivian would spend hours walking the local business district, greeting and speaking with the various shop owners.
Her family said she was a strong, caring, generous and engaging soul. She was an inspiration to many, especially her grandson, Joshua Vaughn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Irene (Sund) Powers; brothers and sisters, Tom Powers, Edward Powers, Bessie Thomas, Mabel Sterning and Alice Argiro.
She is survived by her daughters, Valerie K. Polding of South Dennis, N.J., Victoria Ann Vaughn of Anchorage, Preston M. Vaughn of Rohnert Park, Calif., and Thomas E. Vaughn of Seattle; grandchildren, Joshua, Preston and Matthew; sister June Scott of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. April 3, 2004, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 9425 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, N.J. Her family will begin receiving guests at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Her ashes will be spread over Mt. Juneau, as per her request.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Atriums at Greentree Commons, 11000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 7, Marlton, NJ 08053-3431 or the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 41, Avalon, NJ 08202.