MOUNT CARMEL — Shari Ann Vaughn, 81, eased from this world on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Following a stroke and several weeks of hospitalization, she came home to her loving family who were privileged to be with her for the last leg of her journey.

Born on August 23, 1938, in Vincennes, Indiana, she was the daughter of Harold and Gwendolyn (Schucker) Camp. She graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1956. By that time, she had already met the love of her life, Mel Vaughn. They were married on November 19, 1958, at the First General Baptist Church where they were both members. Their marriage began with the adventure of Mel’s service in the U.S. Army. Over the next couple of years, Shari traveled to Holly Ridge, North Carolina, then to Augusta, Georgia, and finally to San Antonio, Texas, setting up apartments in each new town so they could have homes off the bases of Camp Lejeune, Fort Gordon, and Fort Sam Houston. As people often said, they were joined at the hip, and she was his rock for almost 60 years until Mel’s death in July 2018. Though they weren’t able to go together, she has caught up with him now.

Shari worked at several places in town, including Chevrolet and the Pepsi-Cola plant. But her real calling in life was as wife, mother, and Grandma Shari. A born nurturer, she loved to feed people and try out new recipes. She especially liked to bake and was always sending something sweet and delicious home with whomever happened to stop by.

Shari is temporarily parted from her daughters, Melinda Henson and Cindy (Steve) Yonaka; grandchildren Beau (Nicole) and Molly Henson and Trevor and Tessa Hargrave; and the newest little blessing, great-granddaughter Penelope Leigh. She also leaves additional much-loved family: brother-in-law, Mike Vaughn, as well as cherished nieces and nephews and their children. She takes with her their devotion and that of a few very close, treasured friends.

She is joyfully reunited with her husband; sister Mary Lou (Camp) Zimmerman and her husband, Ron; sister-in-law Phyllis (Vaughn) Lagow; beloved sons-in-law Mike Hargrave and Rick Henson; and parents and grandparents.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery. All are invited to help lay Shari to rest.

The family deeply appreciates all the care she received during her illness. Memorial contributions may be made to Carle Hospice of Richland County. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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