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Kelsey Paige Vaughn

March 12, 1998 ~ July 18, 2020 (age 22)


Kelsey Paige Vaughn (affectionately known as KP) was born March 12, 1998 and passed away on July 18, 2020. She was the much-loved daughter of Baba Manson-Vaughn and Reginald Vaughn. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa. She lived in Aberdeen, NC for a while and graduated from Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines, NC, June 2016. At the time of her passing she lived in Williamstown, NJ. 

Kelsey was a peculiar child. You never knew what she felt or what she was thinking unless she wanted you to. But when she did decide to share those thoughts and feelings, they revealed knowledge beyond her years. Her sense of humor would make you laugh and then make you think. That humor was part satire, part cultural, part social, and most of all part spiritual. Kelsey was unselfish and had compassion for others which is why she chose to endure her troubles quietly so as not to worry her family. She carried deep love of her family and friends. She may not have openly expressed those feelings, but they were there, nonetheless. Her style of dress and taste in music was nonconformimg and made us curious as to what she saw and heard. Whatever it was, she enjoyed sharing her view of life and the world because she believed that people needed a bigger vision. She challenged us to come out of our boxes and dream more, imagine more, and want more. Kelsey was an organ donor and it made her proud to know that she would be contributing to the life of another person. Kelsey’s career goal was to be an Anesthesiologist. As she was working her way toward that goal, she was learning to cope with her health challenges. We had no doubt that she would have reached that goal if her life had not been cut short.  We  asked you  to remember Kelsey which should not be that difficult because once you met her, you would never forget her. 

Kelsey is survived by her parents Baba Manson and Reginald Vaughn; siblings Dakota Vaughn (Tobin) of Williamstown NJ and Tyree Vaughn (Brianne) of Atlantic City, NJ; aunts Lana Taylor (James) of New Braunfels, TX, and Juanita Manson Gill (Vincent), of Williamstown, NJ; uncles William Willis Brady (Kay) of Petersburg, VA, and Wayne Vaughn of Philadelphia, PA; maternal grandfather William Manson (Margaret deceased) of Deptford, NJ. Kelsey was predeceased by her uncle Bruce Vaughn, aunt Brenda Vaughn, and paternal grandparents Melton and Mildred Vaughn. She will be remembered by great aunts, great uncles, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends. 

A Letter to Kelsey

Kelsey, you were truly precious to me. You know my favorite nickname for you was Boot Boot, but my family and friends called you my twin because we look so much alike. 

I was sooo proud of you. You were smart, quit witted, helpful, hard working, quirky sensor of humor, and caring. Also you was the best part of me (your daddy). That’s why I came over as much as I did and help as much as I did. And work hard to provide for you and your brother and sister cause I love y'all.

I remember one time when your mother was bad off sick and I was getting y’all ready for school. I was trying to do your hair, so I put two plats in your hair, but it kept being crooked or one plat bigger than the other. I felt bad but I had to get you to school, you told me “That’s ok daddy, I know you did your best”. I smiled and took you to school. Now when I think about time, I cry because that’s all I ever wanted to do is give you my best. 

Like I said, you were truly precious to me, Now, Now I can’t give you my best. 

Kelsey I Love you sooo much and even if I had nothing else to pray for, I will pray that God keeps you (My Precious Treasure) in His heart. 

Daddy Love you




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