October 22, 1932 ~ December 10, 2019

Born in: Atchison, Kansas
Resided in: Denver, CO

Rosebud Lorene Vaughn, affectionately known as “Rose,” was born in Atchison, Kansas on October 22, 1932. She was the only child born to Benny Harper and Elizabeth Warnell. Rose was especially fond of her grandmother, Enda Warnell Pinchum, or as she called her, “Tu Momma.” Tu momma earned her name because she was momma number two to Rose and she played a significant role in raising her when her mother became fatally ill.
Rose attended grades K-8 at Lincoln School where she spent some of her happiest days as a child. Her favorite memories were with Ms. Shelton~ a kind and caring teacher who often relied on young Rosie to take names (of those kids who were misbehaving) and to pass out milk. Rose’s mother, Elizabeth, also worked at Lincoln in the school’s cafeteria. This meant that Rose had a taste of home away from home.
As a high school student, Rose attended Atchison High School. During those years, Rose was an active participant in several extra-curricular activities, including: student council, girl reserves social club, cheerleading, and the booster club. Rose also had a lovely singing voice and was a lead vocalist, winning her several musical awards.
While in high school, Rose began a courtship with George Edward Vaughn, popularly known as “George Ed.” They met at a high school football game where they sat next to each other on the bleachers. At the time, she had no inkling that George Ed would soon become her beloved husband.
After Rose graduated high school, the young couple married on June 13, 1951, in Atchison, Kansas. They gave birth to seven children and in 1968, decided to relocate to Denver, Colorado where they would raise their growing family. After moving to Denver, they had three more children extending their family to a total of ten children.
Rose was a devoted wife and mother~ her husband and her children were her pride and joy. She understood the value of taking care of her home and her family, so she settled in as a homemaker which became more than just her title, it was her calling.
Having five Black children in the 1950’s, Rose understood the impact of raising them to be presentable during those segregated times. She had a very strong belief in people looking their best, especially her own kids. Rose’s motto was, “When you look good, you feel good,” so she was intentional about doing both. Denise, the eldest of the ten, recalls her grade school teachers always commenting on how well-dressed and scrupulously neat she and her siblings were.
Rose was a devoted wife and a committed mother. She and George Ed shared the love of a God-ordained marriage, walking together for over 30 years through peaks and through valleys until his sudden passing in 1983.
After her husband’s passing, Rose continued to spread her love and generosity because giving to others brought her great joy. Her life was a testament of Acts 20:35 which reads, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” She was a friend to the friendless, a mother to the motherless, and shelter for the homeless.
Everyone knew, Rose’s favorite place on earth was 2701 St. Paul St., in the comfort of her own home. As long as the heat was on 80 degrees, there was a 2-liter of Pepsi in the refrigerator, and a braunschweiger sausage wrapped in a slice of bread with some Dorthy Lynch salad dressing, she was locked and loaded ready for the company of her family and a good movie.
The door was always open at 2701 St. Paul St., and so many can attest to that. Her home was a safe-haven, an inn for the weary, and she was without a doubt, a soft place to land. You could receive a hot meal, comforting words, and a little piece of change all in one place at Rose’s.
She also shared a very close and special relationship with her grandchildren. If you were to ask them what their favorite moments were with her, they would all attest to the fact that when you spent the night at grandma’s, you had a bath and were dressed in an oversized white t-shirt before bed. She cooked them her famous scrambled eggs and hamburger for breakfast, and beanies and weenies for lunch. She was intentional about being actively involved and supportive in their lives. She was present for every birth, attended school programs, sporting events, and birthday parties, ensured after school pick-ups, and cared for them when they were sick. She was relatable in that she shared countless inside jokes and quoted scenes from their favorite movies. She even looked forward to giving the rundown about their favorite shows such as, “Power”, “Greenleaf,” and “Scandal.”
Rose also had a solid crew of friends and maintained a close relationship with her “OG’s” (Original Girlfriends) till the end. They were more than just her friends, they were her sisters. Her closest comrades were Elaine Bronson, “J.J.” (Joan Johnson), Mary Lewis, Patricia Linzy, Patsy Linen, and Shebra Betton. She enjoyed and appreciated the time she spent with these women. She shared a separate and special bond with each of them. For example, “spilling the tea” with Ms. Lewis, “riding shotgun with Brawny, “thrifting” with Pat, and “cheering on them Broncos” with Ms. Johnson!
Christmas was Rose’s favorite holiday. In fact, don’t think she went to her Heavenly Home without a plan! Just days before she transitioned, she prepared her list and was checking it twice. And (unlike Santa), it didn’t matter whether you were naughty or nice. She had just the right gift in mind for everyone she loved.
Rose left her children a legacy of love and care. She dedicated herself to her calling by answering with action, selflessness, kind-heartedness and devotion.
Rose is preceded in death by her parents Benny Harper and Elizabeth Warnell; husband, George Edward Vaughn Jr.; children, William Vaughn, George Vaughn Jr. and Melony Vaughn.
Rosebud (Rose) Vaughn departed this life to the Lord’s embrace on December 10, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss include her children, Denise Vaughn of Centennial CO., Gwen Hartsfield, Cedric Vaughn, Frances Vaughn and Stacey Vaughn all of Denver, CO., Derrick Vaughn (Tory) Denver, CO.; Dedra Davison (Charles) of Atlanta, GA.; half-brothers, Daniel Harper of Atlanta, GA., and Wallace Harper of Atchison, KS.; daughter –in –law Kathy Bailey, Marietta, GA; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren;


Visitation: December 16, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: December 17, 2019 1:00 pm

Shorter Community A.M.E. Church
3100 Richard Allen Court
Denver, CO 80205

Reception: December 17, 2019 3:00 pm

Shorter Community A.M.E. Church
3100 Richard Allen Court
Denver, CO 80205

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  1. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember your loved one.

    “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” Matthews 5:4.

  2. Dearest Dedra~

    My deepest condolences go out to you and your family in the loss of your beloved mother. Words can’t express my sorrow for your loss. Please know that I share your sadness and I am with you through this difficult time.

  3. Freda & Morales Family send our prayers and love.

    May God comfort and keep you in perfect peace. I’m thankful for the foundation and labor of Mother Vaughn it was not in vain.


  4. Rose, you had such a bright light about you and what a resilient woman you were. You accepted me into your home when I was a total stranger and you showed me nothing but love and for that you will always have a special place in my heart. I am the Mother of your granddaughter, Coco and great Grandsons Prophet and King. Although we were so far apart l am so glad that the good Lord Blessed both you, Coco and the boys the opportunity to know each other. Your blood line will always flow through Coco and your great Grandsons, Prophet and King. You will be dearly missed by your loved ones and we all will have comfort in knowing that you are one of God’s Angels in Heaven. RIP 🙏

  5. Dedra: My deepest condolences to you and your family in the loss of your Mother. A beautiful lady. A beautiful soul. May she Rest In Peace.

    • Mrs. Vaughn, such a beautiful wise woman. Always welcoming never harsh or overbearing. May God bless the family to cherish her memories and find ways to contribute to others the way Mrs. Rose exemplified. God makes no mistakes when creating mothers, she was a jewel, so the treasures you all possess allow them to shine and never be deceived of your true worth. God be with you all!
      -Raesheia Nubine

  6. Dedra, Riley, and Charles,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I am sending you lots of love and prayers for your family.
    Randi and K.C. Akers
    Newport News, VA

  7. Sending my Love&Condolences all the way from Wichita Ks.to you All Family Aunt Rosebud was one sweet lady&she will be so Missed by Us All.I was so thankful I got to see her at the Family Reunion.She was as Beautiful as ever.I’m sorry I can’t make it there to be with you All but know my heart&Love is there with you All.I will Continuly be Praying for you All Love you All Mucho Much.God Bless You All.
    Your Cuzzin Kim(Allen)Ross

  8. With deepest sympathy to the Vaughn Family. May God grant you strength at this time, and give you comfort and healing.

  9. sorry for the loss of your dear wonderful mother. She is also my mom I miss her a lot but I know she is a great place. May her soul rest peacefully..

  10. To the family of Mrs. Rosebud Vaughn
    We were saddened to hear of Mrs. Vaughn’s passing. We know that this is a bitter sweet time. A tie has been broken however, know that the deep sweet peace of God will surround you as you go through this time of sorrow. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
    Pastor and Mrs. W. McDonald and Odom Memorial COGIC Family

  11. Denise Vaughn & Connie Massingale, Baton Rouge, LA
    December 16, 2019
    Mom, may your guiding light shine brightly on us forever.
    Eternally in our hearts💓

  12. My condolences to the entire family near and far. My our God of peace comfort you all through this season. Mrs Rosebud’s sweet calm spirit and loving smile will always be remembered.

  13. Denise, we are praying for you and your family , and we’re sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. May she Rest In Peace and May your hearts be comforted knowing she is with the king of kings. God bless your family.

  14. Denise, we are praying for you and your family, and are sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mom.
    May she Rest In Peace .

  15. 🌹Rest is Paradise in the arms of the Lord, beautiful Mother💖
    Love and comfort to my dear sister-friend Denise and all of the family. How proud you must be to call this wonderful soul your Mother!!

  16. To Stacy, Denise, Francis, Cedric & The Vaughn Family,

    My Heart is heavy & sad in learning of the passing of Mama Rose. I’ve known the family since childhood & Columbine Elementary. May God wrap his loving arms around you all and my you find peace in your time of sorrow while Mama Rose sleeps. Our prayers & condolences are with your Family.

    Love Always,

    Shantay, Bobby Joe, Tyianna, Jackie & Kenneth Wayne Carter & Families- De’ Shavande Salon Owner (Former)

  17. Mom, will miss you dearly & always cherish our tea times😇Praying Lord God Almighty gives you all peace and comfort during this difficult time ✝️🌹💝
    Love Always Nae & Family

  18. Remember the Blair house restaurant, George and rosebud had it going in the sixties,excellent food and service.very kind lady,l liked mrs.Vaughn.I ran out of gas on 26th st Paul st rosebud carried me to-an from the gas station:that you again. RIP

  19. I am so sad that “mom” is no longer with us. The bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. There is no better place to be – a place of great love, joy and peace. Rest in Peace.
    My condolences to the family!
    Lots of love.

  20. I did not know you in life Rose… But through your beautiful daughter Denise I knew your heart❤ Love and prayers To your family

  21. God Bless and comfort you, Denise, and all the family during this solemn time. I remember your mom was always quiet gentle lady. She was beautiful and kind. She once told me that you “were always strong.” I was very impressed with her and how she knew you, had spent time observing you to know your true strength. She is in eternity now and she knows no earthly sorrows there. You lean on Him, be strong in Him and know this, you’ll see her again. She was a very special lady.

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