Betty Vaughan

July 21, 1943 ~ December 6, 2021

Lake Arthur

A memorial service for Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, 78, will be held on December 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Miguez Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Arthur. Memorial visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. The family is honoring her wishes to be cremated.

Dr. Vaughan passed away on Monday, December 6, 2021, in Baton Rouge, LA. 

Betty was a dedicated student and teacher; she loved traveling and exploring cultures and environments. She circled the globe, and her adventures took her from Alaska to Africa, Antarctica, India, and Europe. After receiving her Ph.D. in Geography at LSU, she taught at Ball State University, impacting countless lives. Betty loved nature and all the creatures in God’s creation. Betty enjoyed her books and garden and would always make time for oysters with friends. She was loved and admired by friends and former students; and will be missed by many. 

She is survived by; her niece, Ann Barrilleaux of Woodside, CA and nephew, Chris Barrilleaux of Melbourne, FL; cousin Gene (Janet) Theriot of Lake Arthur.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Amay Theriot Vaughan; two sisters, Alma Vaughan Barrilleaux and Jane Vaughan; four brothers, Allen, Adney, Freddie and Ray Vaughan. 


Memorial Service: Monday, December 13, 2021
1:00 pm - 12:00 am

Miguez Funeral Home - Lake Arthur

Visitation: Monday, December 13, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Miguez Funeral Home - Lake Arthur

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  1. I loved this woman so much. She will be missed. But I am lucky to have had her in my life for the last 10 years.

  2. Dr. Vaughan was my professor in 2012-2013. One time she overheard me considering dropping my 2nd major in Geographic Information Science. She sat me down and convinced me that this would be a big mistake. I ended up sticking with it and graduating one semester later with 2 majors. The Geographic Information Science degree paid off and that is how I got my first job after graduation. It paved the way to where I’m at now. Thank you Dr. Vaughan. You really made a difference in my life. You will be missed.

  3. There is no one quite like Betty. I met Betty in the 1960's and we shared many fun times.
    Our favorite activity was riding our bikes. She was always full of dreams and was working on her thesis.
    She lived in California for many years before going back to her home state.
    I last saw Betty when she came to her best friend's (Gloria) funeral in 2015.
    She will be greatly missed.

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