Longtime Seaside resident Emma Vaughn-West passes

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Emma Jean Vaughn-West.

Emma Jean Vaughn-West
January 7, 1942 – November 26, 2020
Seaside, California

On Thanksgiving, one of her favorite holidays, Emma Jean Vaughn-West peacefully was called home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. Emma – beloved mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend – cherished the time she spent with her family and friends surrounded by love, laughter and great food.

Born in Texarkana Arkansas, Emma came to the Monterey Peninsula in 1945 when she was three years old. She was baptized a second time at Friendship Baptist Church in Seaside, where her grandmother Sarah Sexton was a founding member.

Emma adored her children – her daughter Shella and her sons Alade and Harold. She provided support, discipline and love. She rooted her children and grandchildren with strong beliefs in the importance of family, education and community service.

Emma cared for her mother Arlee Love until her death on June 16, 2020. Her dedication to her mother’s care despite her personal battle with lung cancer demonstrates her intense commitment to her family.

Her home was the center of family activity, especially during the holidays. She loved to cook for all of her family and friends and was famous for her mac and cheese. She always anticipated and welcomed extra friends and guests.

After graduating from Monterey High School in 1960, she worked as a secretary for the local Anti Poverty Program. She also served on the Seaside Low Cost Housing County Task Force. She worked as the secretary for the former Seaside mayor Steven Ross. She later received an associate of arts degree from MPC with a degree in Business Administration. She retired from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department where she received multiple awards for handling difficult situations humanely and with sensitivity. She was a member of SEIU.

She always believed in providing a helping hand for those that were less fortunate whether it was participating in food drives, helping the youth receive school scholarships or organizing Easter egg hunts. She was also involved in various organizations that helped those in need including the Cavaliers Club, Daughters of the Elks (Kismet Temple No. 966) and Retired Men’s Social Club Ladies Auxiliary.

In her free time, she enjoyed going on cruises and to local casinos, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her beloved dog Princess.

She leaves to cherish her memories and celebrate her homegoing children Shella V. Bethea Martin (Alexander), Alade Djehuti-Mes AKA Charles Vaughn Jr. (Franchesca), Harold Nelson and son-in-law Ronnie Martin; brothers James George (Mattie) and David Love; ten grandsons Charles Vaughn III, Harold Nelson Jr., John Bethea, Marcus Bethea, Richard Nelson, Jeremy Martin, Nkosi Djehuti-Mes, Joseph Nelson, Osaze Djehuti-Mes, and Ayele Djehuti-Mes; and five great grandchildren Ella Dina, Aria, Silas Ray, Chiara Jean, and Amelia.

Due to COVID restrictions there will be no public service or visitors at this time. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.

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