Violet Vaughan Waters, 92, passed away June 29, 2019. Born November 13, 1926 in Port Neches, Texas to Alvin Vaughan and Ezora Guillotte Vaughan, Violet graduated as salutatorian from Port Neches High School before attending Lon Morris College from 1945 to 1947. Raised as a child in both the United Methodist and Roman Catholic faiths – those of her father and mother, respectively – she married Bob E. Waters, a classmate at Lon Morris who would soon become a Methodist minister, in 1947.
From there the couple attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, both graduating in 1949. They moved to Dallas that year, where Bob studied at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, graduating in 1952, and Violet worked as the financial secretary for Munger Place United Methodist Church in Dallas. She and Bob served Methodist churches of the Texas Conference in Orange, Beaumont, Kountze, Texas City, Mount Pleasant, and College Station, prior to Bob's appointment as District Superintendent of the Beaumont District in 1987 and his subsequent retirement in 1993.
Bob and Violet were married more than 70 years prior to his death in 2018. Violet is survived by their children, Vaughan Waters of San Antonio, Texas; Wesley Waters of Woodville, Texas; Stephen Waters of Center, Texas; Suzanne Waters Weeks of Killeen, Texas; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Among Violet's favorite Bible verses was the Twenty-Seventh Psalm: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple."
Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas; the funeral will take place immediately following at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Woodville, Texas at approximately 4:30 p.m. Honorary pallbearers are the United Methodist Women (UMW) of the Texas Conference.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the United Methodist Women (UMW) at the church of your choice.
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