Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Susan J. Vaughn Memorial
Susan J. Vaughn Memorial

Susan J. Vaughn

Susan J. Vaughn

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Susan J. Vaughn, 52, passed away February 9, 2020 at her home in Lochsloy, Washington, following a car accident.

She was born December 30, 1967 in Ilion, New York, the daughter of Roger S. and Diane S. (Slocum) Vaughn of Richfield Springs, New York.  She grew up on the Vaughn family farm, attended the Richfield Springs school system, and moved west, eventually making her home in Snohomish County, Washington.

She received her BA Degree in Human Services from Western Washington University and her MA Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

She was employed as Chief of Operations at Catholic Community Services and Chief Operating Officer at Youth Care working tirelessly for those in need, with an innate skill and compassion for those impacted by disasters including her work on Eastern Washington wildfires and the Oso landslide.

Susan enjoyed hiking, sports, gardening, working on the property, traveling, shopping, music, new experiences and companionship with her golden retriever Ralph.

She is survived by her parents; brother, Kenneth; sons, Sidney and Ryan Miner; grandson, Shy; partner, Matthew Burdick along with daughter, Kristina and grandson, Felix; several aunts, uncles and cousins and many close friends.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Sidney E. and Katherine E. (Jennings) Vaugh, and Oliver F. and Jeanette D. (Patterson) Slocum.

Catholic Burial Services will be held on Friday February 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Darrington Cemetery, 1324 SR 530 NE, Darrington, WA 98241.

The reception and fellowship location has been changed to St. John Vianney, 1150 Riddle Street, Darrington, WA 98241. If you arrive to town early, the hall will be open at 12:00.


Condolences/Flowers can be sent to Lemley Chapel, 1008 Third Street, Sedro-Wooley, WA 98284.


  • April

    Sue, You are so missed. I have enjoyed our chats so much over the last couple of years. Your kindess didn’t go left unnoticed. Until we meet again my friend. Much sympathy to Matt and your family.

  • Patrick Tippy

    Susan, you are passionate advocate and caring person we all should all strive to be! I appreciated you dedication, mentorship, and support of people around you. I learned a great deal from your thoughtful and diligent work ethic. I admired your love for Sidney and Ryan. The world is a better place because of you! May you rest in peace.

  • Karla Koon

    We will miss you, Susan. You are a “one of a kind”, force of nature. I will remember our hikes, talks, challenges and successes. I will remember your laugh and how we always laughed. Rest in peace and rise in glory!

  • Kelly Barnebey

    In addition to her tireless work and advocacy, she was witty and offered such wisdom. She brought a sense of peace and stability to the room. She had Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” as her ringtone. Susan embodied the lyrics ‘All we need is hope and for that we have each other.’ I believe, wherever she is, she is looking out for us because that’s who she was.

  • Janet Wilson

    Susan was the mother of my Grandson Ryan, she was a wonderful and loving mother. I have always loved and admired her for taking such good care of her children. She work tirelessly to help and improve the life’s of people she had never ever met. She provided a loving and stable home for her grandson Shy, who was the light of her life. She truly had a heart of gold, and will be desperately missed by all who knew and loved her.

  • Jo Cherland

    I worked with Susan and I always admired her passion for ALL people and how she never seemed to stop working and advocating for them.
    She spoke with such love about her sons and family and I loved it when she shared about her experiences.