August 3, 1932 – July 2, 2013
On August 3, 1932 Merlee Florence Vaughan was born in the living room of the family home on Waverly Rd. in Lansing, MI to Robert and Edith (Lamkin) Vaughan. She was the second of their five children and their only daughter. She was raised in faith as a part of a founding family of the Faith United Methodist Church. Strong in her faith and a member until she passed she served as a trustee for many years as well as volunteered for the Food Bank. She is described as an elegant lady. She was compassionate and gracious. All that met her loved her as she was always kind and always accepting.
At age 17, she met the love of her life and married him, Merle V Anderson. She often said they were made for each other. They lived their first years together on military bases as he served as a US Marine then in the US Army before settling back in Lansing, MI in 1955. Merle went on to become a fireman for the City of Lansing from which he retired as deputy chief in 1987. Merlee held part time positions over the years namely at the State of Michigan, Diamond Reo, Fox Jewelers and Sears Roebuck Co. where she retired from in 1987. They enjoyed their retirement together by traveling to such places as China, across Europe and many of our 50 states and spending quality time with their children, grandchildren and extended family. She believed in family and was regarded as the glue that binds them all.
Today she has passed on from this earth to where her father was calling her home. She is survived by her very loving husband, Merle and 4 wonderful children: Gayle (Jerry) Hulbert, Don (Mary) Anderson, Jim (Melody) Anderson and Ed (Julie) Anderson, 7 grandchildren: Sharla, Andy, Brian, Jennifer, Allen, Scott and Karen and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and older brother, Charles Vaughan but also survived by 3 remaining brothers: Allen Vaughan, Jason (Wanda) Vaughan and Roger (Ann) Vaughan and many nieces and nephews that she loved and adored.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Faith United Methodist Church, 4301 S. Waverly Rd., Lansing. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Faith United Methodist Church in her honor.