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Florence S. “Polly” Vaughn

July 14, 1928 - December 25, 2020

Florence S. “Polly” Vaughn, age 92, of Middletown, DE, formerly of the Village of Hershey Run in Stanton and of Newark, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, on July 14, 1928, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Florence (Weidner) Scheetz. Prior to starting her family, Polly began her secretarial career at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, where she worked for several years. For more than 20 years, she established a career with the University of Delaware, working in several secretarial positions until becoming the office coordinator for the English Language Institute and retiring in the 1990s. While there, Polly formed many long-lasting friendships with foreign exchange students, whom she lovingly hosted at her own home, as well as many coworkers. Active in her community, she loved volunteering at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Polly was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Newark for many years. She will be remembered for her cheerful demeanor and goodwill toward all those that crossed her path.

In addition to her parents, Polly is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Louis Vaughn. She is survived by her children, Valerie Stewart (James) and Stuart Vaughn; grandchildren, Robert Vaughn (Emily), Alison Stewart, and Jason Stewart; and great grandson, Evan Vaughn.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 noon on Monday, January 4, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 noon. Interment will be held privately in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA. Face masks will be required for all in attendance.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend Polly’s service can live stream the service by clicking here.

Polly loved animals, especially her Boston terriers in her younger years, and more recently a cat and several dogs. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Polly’s memory to It Takes A Village Animal Rescue, Inc., 2495 North DuPont Parkway, Middletown, DE, 19709 or online by clicking here.


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9 Condolences for Florence S. “Polly” Vaughn

  • My heat break for you Valerie & Stuart. May you be at peace with fond memories

  • Thinking of you and family at this time. I’m sorry for your loss and know you have many happy memories together. Sending prayers and hugs.

  • Dear Valerie & family, Dick and I were so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother on Christmas Day. It will always be a bittersweet day for you but may the good memories outweigh the bad down the road. Love to you and yours.

  • Valerie and Jay Stacey and I are so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

  • Our hearts go out to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you. 🙏🏼

  • Dear Val, Jay, Ali, and Jason — and everyone else in Polly’s family: My heart goes out to all of you on the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. Polly was a delightful addition to our Coach House Crew at Winterthur and a dear friend. Reading her obituary, I was impressed by everything she had accomplished in her life — and all the lives she touched along the way. Love to all of you. ❤ Treasure the happy memories.

  • My heart goes out to the family at this time.
    I can see Polly’s smile, and still hear her laughter even after all these years which is how I will forever remember such a classy lady.
    May God keep you close and comfort you.

  • Polly and I worked together at the ELI at the U/D for a period of time and one day she brought in a delicious Apple Cake to share. I still have the recipe in my recipe box titled “Polly Vaughn’s Apple Cake”, and always think of her when I make it. My sincere sympathy to her family.

  • I will always be thankful to Ms. Polly for opening her home and her heart to me when I first came to the USA as an international student back in 1989 . She was and always be my American mom.