Mary Alice Vaughn 1932-2013

Posted December 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Mary Alice Vaughn 1932-2013

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Mary Alice Vaughn, 81, of Miller, S.D., died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society of Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial followed at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.

Mary Alice Haefs was born to Stacy Anna (Koc) and Roy Allison Haefs on November 25, 1932 in Miller. She lived in Ree Heights until 1940, when the family moved to Miller. In 1950, she graduated from Miller High School. Following graduation, she went to work in the First National Bank of Miller as a secretary. She worked there for a better part of the next 20 years.

On June 21, 1955, Mary Alice married Robert C. “Bob” Vaughn in Miller. They were divorced after many years and then reconciled for several years before he passed away in 1999.

In November of 1970, she was elected to her first term of office as the Hand County Clerk of Courts and was re-elected in 1972. The position then became an appointed position and eventually a state position. She retired in 1991.

In her early years, she held many jobs including picking chickens, washing dishes and during her senior year of high school worked at Rexall Drug and helped at Zens and Campbell Locker Plant during the booming pheasant seasons, checking in several thousand birds a day.

Mary Alice is survived by one sister, Dorothy Engelmann of Miller; sisters-in-law, Gladine Boschee of Highmore and Joan (Phil) Gross of Ross, Calif.; several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; brothers-in-law, Vincent Vaughn, Karl Engelmann, Gerald McGirr and Mel Boschee.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Mary Alice’s arrangements. Visit