Obituary: Genevieve (nee Piccioni) Vaughn
On Jan. 12, 2018, Genevieve (nee Piccioni) Vaughn passed away peacefully at home on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation. She was 87 years old. She was born in 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Italian-immigrant parents, Ubaldo Piccioni and Angela (Dottola) Piccioni.
Genevieve grew up in Philadelphia and studied nursing at St Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia. While taking a road trip to the Grand Canyon with her friends, Genevieve fell in love with the beauty of Arizona, and she signed up to work as a nurse with the U.S. Public Health Service in the early 1960s. As a USPHS nurse she was based in Peach Springs, and regularly rode on mule and horseback into Havasupai Canyon to serve the people in Supai. She loved working with the people and had many stories to tell about working and living in the area. It was at Peach Springs that she met her future husband, Theodore (Ted) M. Vaughn. They married in 1970, and together they lived and worked in Window Rock, Keams Canyon and White River before settling on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation in 1981. In Prescott, Genevieve worked as a nurse at Yavapai Regional Medical Center for nearly 20 years before she retired. Genevieve loved nursing, and she loved helping people. Her compassion, common sense and wonderful sense of humor allowed her to make many friends throughout her life. She loved traveling with her family, visiting relatives in Arizona, California and Oregon, where she especially loved taking scenic trips to the Oregon coast.
Genevieve is survived by her son, Thaddeus; and her husband’s children: daughters, Margaret, Louise and Amy; sons, Charlie and Ted Jr.; and many grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted; brothers, Michael and Pat, and Ted’s sons, Sammy and Tommy.
Graveside service will take place at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at the Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Cemetery, E. 530 Merritt St., in Prescott. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Genevieve’s name to: SARRC - Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and their website is:https://www.autismcenter.org/
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ruffner-Wakelin Prescott Chapel.
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