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Claire Vaughn Dies at 78

October 13, 2011 10:45AM
(from the Palisadespost.com)

Longtime Rustic Canyon (Palisades area) resident and loving mother Claire Vaughn passed away on October 9. She was 78.

  Born on July 28, 1933 to Irish parents Helen and Jim McCloskey in Oklahoma City, Claire moved to California with her family, where she would live for the rest of her life.

  Growing up on a ranch in Topanga Canyon with her brothers Jim and Eugene, along with her sister Helen, Claire developed a lifelong love for animals and the outdoor life. During her early years, her father built a home in Pacific Palisades and she was always fascinated by a place called Rustic Canyon.

  While in her teens, she fell in love with Bob Willison, married him and had three adorable children, Bobby, Greg and Liz. Tragically, Bob was killed in a plane crash when Claire was just 27. Her dear friends, the Martins, introduced her to Bill Vaughn, an up-and-coming lawyer at O'Melveny and Myers. They fell in love, married and had three more adorable children, Tony, Christy and Jimmy.

  The Willisons became Vaughns and a tight family of eight was formed, with Claire lovingly in the middle. Needing more room, Claire and Bill bought an old ranch home in Rustic Canyon, where she lived for 40 years. There was no place she loved more. Family and friends were always welcomed with loving hugs from Claire. Even though tragedy visited her often, especially with the death of her son Bobby, she built a legacy of unconditional love and forgiveness. She was warm, witty, caring and had a playful sense of humor that made everyone who knew her, love her. The spark in her eye and the joy in her laugh could make anyone's day better.

  Claire is survived by her brother Gene (wife Gail); her son Greg (wife Lisa), along with their sons, Bobby, Matt and Willie; her daughter Liz (husband Kipp), their son Tony and his three children, Karli, Hannah and Luke; daughter Christy and her son Cooper; and son Jimmy (wife Patty) and their sons, Morgan and Parker.

  A service will be held at St. Martin of Tours Church in Brentwood on October 17 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations either to the MS Society or the Cancer Society.
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Claire Vaughn Dies at 78

Julie October 13, 2011 10:45AM

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