After a beautiful and selfless life, Maryjean Caltabiano Vaughn, 58, passed away on July 3, at her home. Her three beautiful children, her devoted mother, her loving brothers, her sweet niece, her future-son-in-law, her little dogs, and her adoring husband surrounded her.
a€‹Born in Fulton, Mary was raised in Phoenix, the youngest child of Flora and Tony Caltabiano. She graduated from John C. Birdlebough High School in 1975 and from SUNY Geneseo in 1979.
a€‹She married Ross Vaughn in May of 1980 and they moved to Geneseo where she supported him while he finished college.
a€‹Their daughter arrived in 1986, followed soon after by two sons.
a€‹Mary retired from the North Syracuse School District in January of 2015 where she was employed as a special education teacher for 30 years.
a€‹Mary was funny, sweet and kind. But her enduring characteristic was selflessness. She organized regular meals for those in need, at her church, Grace Episcopal, for many years. She was the first in line to donate her time or her money to help anyone in need. She was a beacon for dozens and dozens of students, guiding them calmly and lovingly to a happier and better life.
a€‹ Mary loved to garden, a gift she inherited from her father. Her many flower gardens were impeccably cared for and always drew the admiration of visitors.
a€‹Mary loved to entertain and served hundreds of meals and hosted hundreds of parties for both family and friends. Her cooking skills were so refined that no one ever said no.
Most of all, Mary knew the strength of love. She loved her family and friends passionately and unconditionally. That love took many forms; a wicked sense of humor, a strong desire to help those in need, and an endless supply of devotion and love for her family.
This is really the brilliance of Mary CaltabianoVaughn. Mary was paying it forward before paying it forward was a thing. If you were sad, she lifted you. If you were happy, she was happy with you. If you were angry, she counseled you. If you were unsure, she reassured you.
Mary is survived by her husband, Ross, her daughter Rachel and her fiancAC. Luke Murphy, her sons, Dylan and Samuel, her mother Flora, her brothers Steve and Joe, and dozens of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and in-laws. Her beloved dogs, Ace and Cleo, will miss her terribly.
Calling hours will be held at Sears-Middleton Funeral Home in North Syracuse on Monday, July 6, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Church Street in Mexico, Tuesday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m.
JUL 6. 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Sears Middleton Jones Funeral Home
209 North Main Street
North Syracuse, NY, US, 13212
JUL 7. 10:30 AM
Grace Episcopal Church
4381 Church St.
Mexico, NY, US, 13114
A service summary is not available