Emily Taylor Vaughan, 19, of Youngsville, NC, went to our Father in Heaven, Saturday, November 1, 2014. She was born April 8, 1995 in Raleigh, NC to Ted and Carol Vaughan.
Three words have been commonly associated with our Emy: Strength, Inspiration, and Compassion.
Facing many medical adversities since infancy, enduring the physical and emotional hardships they brought, Emily has shown us a true fortitude of will, and resilience of spirit.
But Em’s health would not wholly define her life. Regardless of her status, people meeting her for the first time would not imagine that that part of her life existed. Emily liked it that way. And we all knew that Emy had a full share of joy.
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She was bright, yet flighty; quirky, yet philosophical; emotional, yet intellectual; strong-willed, yet instinctively and necessarily obedient; light and hilariously funny, yet abundantly dramatic; fiercely independent, yet needful; careful, yet bold; a dreamer, yet a realist; and the purest rebel you could ever know.
Emily often spoke of God’s will for her in this life, yearning to understand His purpose for her, and eager to fulfill it for Him. But we mortals might easily guess that she's been serving His purpose since the day she came to us.
She had a natural and endless capacity for understanding and caring, and an ever-open gateway to her heart. Every life she encountered, she touched, and in varying ways that are known, that are yet to be discovered, and may never be revealed.
Thank you God, for your gift.
We want to extend our profound gratitude to Emily’s donor families; to the countless medical professionals at UNC Hospitals, Raleigh Pediatrics, and others who cared so well for our daughter, returning her to us even, over these many years; to Ted’s professional colleagues, the EAS, LLC family, for their patience and support though many trying times; and to the innumerable family and friends who supported us and our daughter so unfailingly. We are humbled.
Emily is survived by her parents, Ted and Carol Vaughan of Youngsville, NC; sisters, Hanna Moret Vaughan, of the home, and Crystal Gail Humphries of Cincinnati, OH; niece with Crystal, Clara Annabelle ; and one soon to be nephew. Emily is also survived by her grandparents, Larry and Betty Vaughan of Cincinnati, OH, whom she held dear; and by countless, loving family and friends.
Emily was preceded to Heaven by grandparents, Lamont and Donna Stanley, of Cary, NC; Uncle Steven Vaughan of Cincinnati, OH; and Aunt Cathleen and Uncle Joseph Winkie, of Durham, NC.
The family will receive guests on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. A private service, and her laying to rest, will take place at a later time in Raleigh Memorial Park.
For online condolences, visit www.MitchellatRMP.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Emily's name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation by visiting www.eastnc.wish.org or UNC Children's Hospital at www.ncchildrenspromise.org/give.