LeVaughn Winifred Lancaster, 95, died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Magnolia Gardens in Southern Pines, NC.
LeVaughn Winifred Ives Lancaster was born in Peekskill, New York on June 15, 1922 to the late Harold and Ruth LeVaughn Shute Ives.
She graduated from Peekskill High School in 1940 and married Richard Edward Lancaster of Tarrytown, NY that same year. They set up housekeeping and started their family of two children, Joan Elaine born in 1941 and son Edward Martin born in 1945.
When this stay-at-home mother’s children grew older, LeVaughn tried her hand at working outside the home. To the delight of her children and her children’s friends, LeVaughn became the lady who weighed, measured, and sold chocolates and confections at Woolworth’s candy counter. After her job with candy, she went on to follow her interest in flowers. LeVaughn attended a Floral Design School in New York City and became a professional Flower Designer. She pursued her career in Peekskill and Ocala, Florida upon her husband’s retirement from General Motors in Tarrytown.
As a cradle Episcopalian, she was an active member of St. Peter’s Church in Peekskill, Grace Episcopal Church in in Ocala, Florida, Christ Church in Corning NY, and Grace Church in Millbrook, NY. The latter churches reflect her moving to New York to be near her daughter after becoming a widow.
She was preceded in death by her older brother Kenneth Ives and her husband of 46 years, Richard and their son Edward M. Lancaster.
Survivors include her daughter, Joan Lancaster Vargo Vogel (Robert) of Pinehurst, NC, Grandchildren Shawn (Sue) Vargo of Painted Post, NY, Richard Vargo of Corning, NY and Julia Vargo of Hammondsport, NY, Christopher (Kimm) Vogel of Yorktown Heights, NY, Peter (Tanja) of Pound Ridge, NY and Lisa (Gilbert) Bauer of Cornwall, NY, daughter-in-law, Mary Lancaster of Apache Junction, AZ, brother –in-law, John Lancaster of Cortlandt Manor, NY, sister-in-law, Dretha Lancaster of Summerfield, FL, and sister-in-law Shirley Siciliano of Sun City West, AZ. There are twelve great grandchildren all of whom live in New York.
Memorial contributions may be made to any location of The Salvation Army.
LeVaughn will be laid to rest with her husband in the Hillside Cemetery in Courtlandt Manor, NY.
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