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Obituary: Bertha Beatrice Vaught, Providence

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Bertha Beatrice Vaught, 94, of Providence, died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

She was born May 27, 1920, to the late Chester and Verna Dallas on their farm south of Spearsville.

Mrs. Vaught graduated in 1938 from Morgantown High School and began work at the Kingan and Co. meatpacking plant in Indianapolis, where she almost doubled her weekly wage by consistently exceeding piecework standards.

She married Clyde Vaught Jr. on Nov. 8, 1941, and remained loyal to him for the rest of her life.

When Mr. Vaught returned from serving in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army during World War II, she gave up her job to focus on being a full-time wife and mother. Clyde and Beatrice lived in Indianapolis, Trafalgar, Green Township (near Martinsville) and Providence.

Mrs. Vaught and her husband helped found the annual reunion of the 255th Field Artillery Battalion, in which her husband served; and she remained a loyal attendee and occasional host in the 65 years since.

When her husband passed away in 1976, Mrs. Vaught took over the business he had started, Central Indiana Truck Equipment Corp., and continued it successfully until she could turn it over to her children and retire for good. She then returned to her preferred life of being the best mother and grandmother she could be.

She was adored by her grandchildren for her love for them and for her wit, which always kept them laughing. On Saturday mornings, Grandma Bea had an open invitation to make pancakes for her grandchildren and their friends in and around Providence. She became known and loved by many outside her own family. She traveled extensively with friends and family to many countries and all over the U.S. whenever the opportunity arose.

Mrs. Vaught’s passion for her family was exceeded only by her passion for her Lord and his church. She and her husband helped found the Edinburgh Church of Christ, where he preached and which she attended after his passing until poor health dictated otherwise. Even then, she was a prayer warrior whom many wanted on their side when they underwent significant adversity. She loved God’s handiwork in nature and enjoyed

looking at the flowers and birds outside her window in her last days.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Vaught was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Dallas and Marguerite Strickling; a brother, James Dallas; and a granddaughter, Danna Law Bolt.

She is survived by her six children, Johnnie (Jan), Kenny, Judy (Dannie) Law, James (Jin Lei), David and Danny (Eileen); 23 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren — each of whom received a gift every Christmas from Mrs. Vaught. She also is survived by three sisters, Beulah Walker, Thelma Kanis and Veda (Max) Schrougham.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home, Cremation and Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

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