Evelyn L. Vaughan, 88, of Liberty and formerly of Eagle Island, died March 3, 2017, in Belfast. Her niece Wendy and sister Arline were at her side.
Evelyn was born in Camden Jan. 17, 1929, the daughter of Captain Erland and Beulah (Allen) Quinn. Her childhood was spent on Eagle Island in Penobscot Bay where the Quinns had settled in 1815 and where the third and fourth generations of the Quinns established a summer inn. In this multi-generational, ancestral home, she, along with her three siblings, were imbued with lifestyles of fishing, farming, hospitality trades and the Lighthouse Keeper Service. A rich heritage, indeed. At the beginning of World War II, Erland moved his family to Camden for economic reasons and for continued education of the children. Evelyn had attended the one-room schoolhouse on Eagle Island through the eighth grade. She and her siblings enrolled in Camden schools and Erland was employed in the shipyard. After high school, Evelyn married Norman “Bud” Dean and raised four sons. Evelyn was a wonderful cook, taught herself photography and was an accomplished knitter, supplying perfect socks for her extended family at Christmas.
Parkinson’s Disease and its complications made a huge impact on Evelyn’s active life. Evelyn and her husband, Bob Vaughan, enjoyed 17 years at a retirement community in Florida. They had a fulfilling social life, made many friends, and were active senior citizens in a warm sunny climate. Evelyn returned to her home in Maine in the fall of 2016 and was cared for there until recently needing more professional care at Tall Pines Nursing Home.
Mrs. Vaughan was predeceased by her parents and son, Erland Dean.
She is survived by her husband Robert Vaughan of Belfast; her sons Cary Dean and his wife Thelma of Liberty, Norman Dean Jr. and his companion Peggy McRae of Lewiston, and Jeffrey Dean of Belfast; her brother Robert Quinn and his wife Helene of Eagle Island; sister Arline Quinn of Camden; grandchildren Cappy Dean, Matthew Dean, Emily Hardy, and Tyler Dean; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held later in the spring at Oak Hill Cemetery in Camden.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a fund for Eagle Island Cemetery, C/O Robert Quinn, Sunset, Maine 04683.
Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. Memories, condolences, and photographs may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at khrfuneralhomes.com.