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Beth (Ferguson) Vaughn, a resident of Fordland, Mo., formerly of Willow Springs, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 29, 2019, in her home.  Born June 3, 1921, to Oscar and Bessie (Howell) Ferguson in Willow Springs, she was 97 years old.

Beth grew up in the Willow Springs area and received her elementary education at West Liberty School.  She attended and graduated from Willow Springs High School.  On Sept. 27, 1946, she married Edford “Ed” Vaughn in Willow Springs.  Mrs. Vaughn enjoyed being a homemaker.

She had many interests in life; she loved to sew, read, and watching the birds and wildlife that were plentiful around her home.  She hand-pieced and hand-quilted many beautiful quilts. Mrs. Vaughn also loved to be outside in her yard and was still mowing well into her 90’s, until her family feared for her safety and decided to hide the mower. She loved flowers and gardening.  She had a “green thumb” and it was said she could grow anything and canned vegetables up into her 80s.  She was also a great cook and her favorite foods were fried potatoes with onions, brown beans, and cornbread.  She will be greatly missed by her family, her friends, and all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers: Jack, Dean, Arthur, Ward, Cecil, and John; and two sisters, Doris and Dixie.

Mrs. Vaughn is survived by her daughter, Patty Becraft and her husband, Mark of Rogersville; her grandson, Brandon Beltz of West Plains; her great-grandson, Braeden Beltz of Troy, Ohio; a sister, Maxine Lattman of Arlington Heights, Ill.; a brother, Harold Ferguson and sister-in-law Emma Lee (Vaughn) Ferguson of Walnut Ridge, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service were held on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the Pine Grove Cemetery with Pastor Scott Williamson officiating.  If family and friends prefer, in lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations be made to the Willow Springs Public Library and left at the funeral home.  Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC.  On-line condolences may be made at


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