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After an extended illness, Virginia Vaughan Mills, 77, passed away on September 13 at Hope Hospice, near her home in Bonita Springs, FL.

Virginia was born in Norman, OK on August 5, 1940. Her parents were the late Floyd L. and Wilma E. Vaughan. She attended Norman schools and in 1962 graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Education. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and is remembered for her contributions to and performances in Sooner Scandals.

Following her graduation, Virginia taught for five years in Dallas and Houston public schools. In 1967, she entered the private sector in Houston, working 18 years with Tenneco, Inc. at their corporate office, and for two years with the Houston law firm of Chamberlin Hrdlicka.

In 1988 Virginia married Ed Mills, a Houston entrepreneur in the oil refining business. They later moved to Canada, where Ed managed a major Newfoundland refinery, and then to Dallas where Ed was a senior executive with American Petrofina. Retirement years have been in Austin TX and the Naples FL area, where they jointly engaged in successful start-up business endeavors. These pursuits by Ed and Virginia were blended with boating, fishing, traveling, entertaining and enjoying the company of friends and family. Virginia's very presence, warm ways, bright smile and sense of humor (particularly her jokes) added greatly to every gathering.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Margaret Lichtenberger and brother Robert L. Vaughan, Sr. She is survived by her husband Ed Mills, and brother Jack and wife Kay Vaughan of Glen Haven CO. Surviving nephews are Richard Vaughan and wife Jennifer of Olathe KS and Robert L. Vaughan, Jr. of Marietta GA. Surviving nieces are Jennifer Hutchinson of Norman and Mary Hibbard and husband Steve of Tiburon, CA.

Ed's family are daughter Gay Mills and husband Yeates Conwell, MD, daughter Laura Roach and husband Jay Roach and son Edward Mills and wife Kimberly Mills.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on November 19 at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norman. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Published on September 28, 2017
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