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Bernice Saunders Vaughan


Sunrise: April 1, 1936

Sunset: October 31, 2019

Bernice Saunders Vaughan fell asleep in the Lord and entered the everlasting church on October 31, 2019.  She was born in Norfolk, Virginia on April 1, 1936, and was the only child of Marie and George Saunders. She was educated in Norfolk, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State College (Now Norfolk State University).  She was employed by Norfolk Public Schools for over (30) years as an elementary school teacher.  Additionally, she was employed as a licensed realtor with Century 21 for more than (10) years.

In 1956, Bernice married her high school sweetheart, Curtis Samuel Vaughan, a union which lasted for (51) years. Bernice and Curtis were the proud parents of Brenda Louise and Curtis Samuel Vaughan, Jr.

Active in her church and community, Bernice was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Norfolk, for more than (30) years, and  in the early 1990’s, she united with The Historic First Baptist Church (Bute Street).  There, she was actively involved in the Voices of Unity, Seniors in Action, Recreation Committee, Missionary Interact, and Hospitality Ministry.

With spirit and enthusiasm, she founded “Jammin Seniors” ( a Senior Line Dance Group), for the City of Chesapeake Parks and Recreation Dept, and functioned as its leader for more than (14) years.

She was awarded the “Community Star Award” from News Channel 3 for her volunteer service for the City of Chesapeake Parks and Recreation Department.  This award also gave special recognition for her leadership in creating line dance programs for senior adults in the Tidewater area.

As long as her health permitted, Bernice was very active in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Adah Chapter #20 – Order of Eastern Star  (PHA), Retired Teachers Association, Founding Member of Chesapeake Chapter of Les Gemmes, and Booker T. Washington Class of 1953 Alumni.

In as much as Bernice loved life and people, she was instrumental in encouraging others to live life to the fullest. Her legacy of love continues.

Cherishing her memory are her daughter, Brenda Louise Vaughan, son, Curtis Samuel Vaughan, Jr. (Valerie), special cousins, Eunice and Charlie Johnson, Jr., as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends. She treasured her special care-givers; Patricia Bailey, Doreen Murray, and Edna Earl.

Viewing Thursday, November 7, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Wake Service Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Friday, November 8, 2019 11:00am First Baptist Church 418 E. Bute Street Norfolk, VA 23510 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    DENNY E GORDON says

    My sincere condolences to the family of your love one and my high school classmate.

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    Denny Gordon says

    My sincere condolences to the family of your love one and my high school classmate.

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    Denny Gordon says

    My condolences to the family of your love one and my high school classmate.

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    martha vann says

    My Heartfelt Sympathy to the family of your love one. May loving prayers attend you, may tears bring sweet release, may God, who sees your sorrow, guide you to a path of peace.

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    Olga SUMMERVILLE says

    Curtis/ Valarie;

    My prayers are with you and your family.

    “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him”. (James 1:12)

    Olga Summerville & Family

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    Estherine J. Harding, HPGWM OES of VA, PHA says

    Brenda, MWPGM Vaughan and family, deepest sympathy and prayers to you in the passing of your mother, a sweet and charming Eastern Star sister. I know that this is a very difficult time for you but look unto the hills from whence cometh all your help…..God is with you and he will carry you through all the pain and sorrows. Sister Vaughan was always about a good work and will be deeply missed by many. A crown of life has been given her as the reward for her dedicated service to mankind and faithfulness to God.

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