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Judith DeVaughn

December 17, 1941 — July 1, 2024

Judith Anne Ford DeVaughn ascended to heaven on July 1, 2024, holding the hand of her husband and surrounded by family who loved her. The perfect ending to a beautiful life story. She was exactly the person that writers of love stories, history lessons and inspirational works attempt to encapsulate — but always fall short.

Judy was born on December 17, 1941 in Enid, Oklahoma. She was raised in Helena, OK on a farm and learned to work hard and loved the work she did. During high school she excelled in debate and basketball and participated in the Cinderella Pageant. After high school, Judy attended Stephens College in Missouri and then transferred to Oklahoma State University, where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma, served as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Senior Class and was crowned Queen of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Judy graduated with a degree in Education in 1964.

Judy met Richard at OSU and their journey began. They married in August 1964 and left Oklahoma, hand in hand with everything they owned in a small vehicle headed for Kansas City. Judy taught science at Antioch Junior High while Richard sold shoes and attended dental school.

They settled in Enid and have called Enid home since 1967. Judy was an amazing teacher at Emerson Junior High and is remembered as telling her students “you are beautiful!” — and she meant it. Judy found beauty in everything and everyone. With an amazing talent she painted the beauty she saw. But it was Richard she found the most beautiful. Judy loved Richard with everything she had.

She was married to her best friend and the love of her life Dr. Richard DeVaughn for sixty (60) years. Judy had three children, Dustin (wife Susan), Wendi (husband Rob) and Pepper (wife Bailey) who all consider her the most important person in their lives. Her grandchildren --- Harrison, Grace, Keagan, Dylan, Haley and Scarlett all called Judy “Maui” and argued over who was her favorite.

Maui taught all of us, her husband, children, grandchildren and students, a lesson that can be summed into one word – effort. Maui gave her utmost effort in everything she did and granted us a gift of witnessing how life should be lived.

Judy loved spending time with her family and being involved in every aspect of her grandchildren’s lives. She was their number one fan and was always there to cheer them on in all of their activities. She loved traveling with Richard and enjoyed exploring the world. She treasured her PEO sisters, Wednesday night dinner group, and golf, bridge, Mahjong, and Mexican Train friends.

It was very important to Judy to give back to the community. She volunteered with Loaves and Fishes, served as the Rosehill Cemetery treasurer for 20 years, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, led several projects at Monroe Elementary, served on the PTA board and as President, was a Cub Scout Den Mother and Bluebird Troop Leader, led the Bond Project for Enid Public Schools, and was a member of the Enid Junior Welfare League and PEO. She loved making Enid a better place to live and will be truly missed by her family and all her friends.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Circle of Love or Loaves and Fishes with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home and Crematory serving as custodians of the funds. 

Condolences may be made online and the service may be viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com. 

A Celebration of Life Service for Judy will be 10:00 am Saturday, July 13, 2024 at Central Christian Church with Rev. Susan Southall officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home and Crematory. 

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