Diana Miller Vaughan, 68, of Port Orange, Florida, died surrounded by her family on March 28, 2017, as a result of pancreatic cancer.
Born the third of six children to William and Florence Miller of Port Jefferson, New York, Diana lived in Port Orange since 1974, with her beloved husband of forty-eight years, Thomas Robert Vaughan, and their two sons, Thomas William and Theodore Berry Vaughan. Earning her Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing from Suffolk County Community College in 1968, Diana spent most of her professional life as a nurse at Halifax Health Medical Center. She was an outstanding nurse. Not only did she care for her patients with great skill and steadfast dedication, but she was a member of the hospital’s policies and procedures team, with responsibility for ensuring that the policies were accurate and ready for publication. Her most profound contribution to her profession, however, was her role as a knowledgeable and patient mentor in the hospital’s preceptorship program, imparting her knowledge, sense of duty, and concern for her patients to scores of nurses. As a result, the community will continue to benefit from Diana’s expertise in her field for years to come.
Like all great teachers, Diana was an enthusiastic learner with an inquisitive spirit. When confronted by a new challenge, she would never rest until she found the solution. Her intellectual curiosity extended to many areas outside her professional life. She was an adventurous traveler, who loved to explore new places and learn about different cultures. Diana also loved antiques and American folk art, and built up an impressive collection of American folk pottery pieces. Additionally, she was an enthusiastic gardener who was very knowledgeable about growing and propagating succulents and cactuses.
However, her greatest joy was with her family. She was a loving wife, a devoted mother, an adored sister, and a cherished friend, and nothing gave her greater pleasure than watching her grandchildren Kyle, Andrea, Annelise, and Ryder grow. She will be greatly missed.
In addition to her husband, sons, and grandchildren Diana is survived by Jonathan Miller of Indianapolis, Indiana, Sarah Hamlin of Baltimore, Maryland, David Miller of Gastonia, North Carolina, and Deborah Mason, also of Baltimore. She was preceded by a brother, William Miller of Lubbock, Texas.
A memorial service for family and close friends will be held on June 22, 2017, at 2:00 pm Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, 620 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, Florida. The family requests that donations be made to Halifax Health Hospice, 3800 Woodbriar Terrace, Port Orange, Florida, 32129 in lieu of flowers.