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Alvie Ellis Vaughn

March 3, 1933 - December 12, 2017


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Alvie Ellis Vaughn

Alvie ‘Ellis’ Vaughn passed away peacefully at his home in Novato on December 12, 2017, with family at his side.  The 9th of 13 children, he was born on March 3, 1933 to Fred and Golda Vaughn in Dade County Missouri, where he grew up.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Billie Vaughn; six children: Wayne Vaughn, Karen Keller, Pam Vaughn and Rodney Vaughn of Novato, Janet Robbins of Rio Del, CA and Carol Blais of Rohnert Park, CA; brother Paul Vaughn of Idaho, sisters Francis Isonio of Sanger, CA and Pauline Collins of Clovis, CA, 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his son Stanley Vaughn, grandson Criss Robbins and nine siblings Ruth Gibby, Esther Poggio, Fred Vaughn, Thelma Israel, Lloyd Vaughn, Loretta Haws, Georgia Pitcher, Oscar Vaughn and Don Vaughn.

Ellis began dating Billie nearly 70 years ago and at the age of 19, after four years of dating, he married her and they began their journey through life together.  This journey included a two week vacation to California with their three oldest children in 1956.  That vacation was to visit Ellis’ mother, father and 7 siblings who had recently moved to the Fresno area.

They did not return to Missouri from that trip and decided to stay in California.  They called back to Missouri to let family know of their decision and to give away their possessions.  They settled in the Fresno area for a while until they moved to Novato in 1964.

Ellis always enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well as working in his garden.  The plentiful bounty from his garden was enjoyed by family and friends.  He was quick to start up a conversation and enjoyed telling stories.  His stories were always told with great detail and recounted a life well lived.

To support his growing family Ellis worked in various occupations before settling in on becoming a welder.  A hard worker, he was always ready and willing to roll up his sleeves and led a helping hand whenever and wherever needed.

He will be dearly missed and will be remembered as a loving family man as well as a great friend to so many.

Friends are invited to join his family in a “Celebration of Life” at Trek Winery, located at 1026 Machin Avenue, Novato, on Saturday January 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.