Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Nina Vaughan 1935-2024


Nina Haugen Vaughan, 88, of Azle Texas, our beloved Mom and Gramma Nina, passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2024 surrounded by family, after being lovingly and devotedly cared for in her home by her two oldest daughters for the past three years while suffering from the progression of Parkinson’s.
Visitation and service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at First Baptist Church of Lakeside under the direction of Biggers Funeral Home. Interment will be at Azleland Memorial Park.

Nina was the oldest of six children, born in San Francisco, California on June 14, 1935, to Barney Sr. and Nina Belanger Haugen. After living at military bases in California, Tacoma, Washington, Alaska, and Florida as a child in the 1930s and early 1940s, her family settled in Azle, Texas in 1946 during her father’s long Air Force career. She attended Azle schools until she married her sweetheart Sammy Vaughan in 1951 and they started their huge adventurous family.

After living in the Reno/Briar/Azle area, they settled in Lakeside in 1960 where they continued raising their kids and made many happy memories for the next several decades with their eight kids, twenty-two grandkids, thirty-nine great-grandkids, and now five great-great-grandkids.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lakeside since the 1960s. She was an oil painter, piano/fiddle player, avid deer hunter with her father and her five sons, enjoyed weekly dominoes with family and lifelong Azle school friends, weekend camping and waterskiing at Eagle Mountain Lake when their kids were growing up, and arrowhead hunting with her husband at lakes in Texas and Oklahoma. She attended most sporting and school events for all her kids and grandkids, and even went to the 2016 Olympics in Rio to watch granddaughter Shelbi compete. "Gramma Nina" was most famous for her solo-led annual “grandkids trips” for over 35 years beginning in 1980 with her trademark loud whistle around her neck.

Preceded in death by her parents, Barney Sr. and Nina Haugen of Springtown; husband of 58 years, Sammy Vaughan (d.2009) of Azle; father-in-law and mother-in-law Sam and Willie Lee Vaughan of Azle; siblings, Bette Haugen Hall, Barney Haugen Jr., brothers-in-law, Charles Vaughan, Robert Sorrels, John Hall, Jimmy Buchanan; sister-in-law, Carolyn Vaughan Fritts; nephews, Johnny Hall, Brad Haugen; and Special nephew, Randy Horton.

Those left to cherish her memory eight children, Patty Vaughan, Sharon(Eddie) Shearer, Larry(Debbie) Vaughan, Kerry(Dottie) Vaughan, David(Kim) Vaughan, Scotty(Susanne) Vaughan, Kirk(Joyce) Vaughan, Kristi(Richard) Blair; twenty-two grandkids, Chad Shearer, Ryan Shearer, Tricia Morelock, Leslie Morelock, Nolan Morelock, Nathan Vaughan, Natalie Vaughan Dornquast, Steven Creach, Shelly Vaughan, Cassie Vaughan, Stephanie Rubyor, Ben Good, Courtney Vaughan, Casey Vaughan, Jeremy Young, Jory King, Slayton Vaughan, Brandon Vaughan, Cody Vaughan, Shelbi Vaughan Walley, Colson Blair, Kassidy Blair; thirty-nine great-grandkids, five great-great-grandkids; siblings, Dorothy(Forrest) Horton, Kathy Sorrels, Eddie(Susie) Haugen; sisters-in-law, Kathy Haugen, Helen Vaughan Buchanan; brothers-in-law, Mike Vaughan, and Sam Fritts; son-in-law Sam Morelock; daughter-in-law Rhonda Walker; cousin, Bobbi Berg; many nieces, nephews, dear friends and relatives throughout the Azle/Springtown area, East Texas, South Houston; her Belanger cousins of California; Her Haugen cousins in Sweden and her Daddy’s home country of Norway, whom she finally got to meet for the first time in her life at age 81 when she took a trip of a lifetime to Norway in 2016 with her son, Larry and Debbie Vaughan.