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Judith Vaughn

December 6, 1944 — October 16, 2023

Judith (Bunker) (Smith) Vaughn, left this world to be with her Heavenly Father on October 16, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones.

Judy was born in Cadyville, NY on December 6, 1944, sixth of the Magnificent Seven Bunkers (Joann, Barb, Nita, Jerry, Rod, and Bill) to Leon and Cora (Morgan) Bunker.

Judy married Charles (Chuck) Smith on September 17, 1966. Their three surviving daughters include Shelly Wood (Dana), Tara Evans (Dan), and Tisha Smith, all of Saranac Lake. Chuck went on his journey to be with his Heavenly Father, on March 6, 2006. Grandchildren include Ethan & Emma Wood; Ayden & Boden Evans; Kayla Noto, Vincent Noto, and Olivia & Jae Fina. Great grandchildren include Damien Muncil & David Grant.

Judy is survived by her husband, Loren Vaughn. They met in the spring of 2010, and they wed on October 16, 2010. Loren brought Adrian, Dale, Jean, Monte, Tracey, Danny and Amanda to her family. Together they traveled many miles across the country visiting as many National Parks, friends and family as they could find.

Judy hated her feet touched had a passion for quilting with the Mountain Mamas quilting group and donated hundreds of quilts for local organizations including Catholic Charities and the Veteran’s Association. During the pandemic she sewed thousands of masks for the Tri-Lakes Community. She loved to travel and had been to many destinations including Hawaii and the Memorial site of the USS Arizona as well as many spring breaks with her daughters to anywhere there wasn’t snow.

Early in life, Judy worked at the Saranac Lake Dress Factory, behind the counter of the famous E&M Market, and Trudeau Institute. While raising her daughters, she went on to earn her Associate’s Degree of Business from North Country Community College. After graduation she went to work at the Adirondack Park Agency where she worked for over 25 years where she became a top-ranking official within the Agency before retiring in 2007. Grandma’s Taxi Service and Day Care was always in business.

Judy was predeceased by her mother and father; her siblings Joann, Nita and Jerry; and former husband Chuck Smith.

Judy was loved by many within the community. Her beloved dogs, Willow and Zorro will miss her terribly.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. A gathering will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Fortune-Keough Funeral Home from 4-6pm with a Memorial service at 6pm. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad and/or to the Tri-Lakes Animal Shelter.

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.

20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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