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Mrs. Mattie Broadway Vaughn, 83, of Albany, Georgia departed this life on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. in the St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, 3298 Elmodel Highway, Newton Georgia. Pastor Henry Hogan, III will provide the eulogy. Public viewing will be Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Meadows Funeral Home, 315 S. Madison Street, Albany, Georgia. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund in honor of Mattie T. Vaughn. 

On the beautiful morning of February 5, 1938 Carl and Josephine Holt Broadway welcomed their third daughter into this world. They joyfully name her Mattie Therese Broadway. Mattie, along with her other siblings, grew up in a Christian and loving home. She joined Saint Matthews Missionary Baptist Church at an early age.

Mattie received her early education in the Baker County Schools and graduated from East Baker High School. She received her Secretarial Science Degree from Albany State College (University), Albany, Georgia. She continued her studies in Office Administration and Management. This pursuit led to her first work experience at the Union Aid Benevolence Society and Pilgrim Life Insurance Company of Albany, Georgia.

Mattie continued her involvement with work, church and community activities. Later, she met and married the love of her life, Quentin E. Vaughn. Mattie became a military wife and provided a Christian home for her family. Mattie’s role as military wife and mother took her away from Newton and Albany Georgia to Hawaii and Texas. Mattie, Quentin and her family of two daughters, Cynthia and Sonja (deceased) and a son, Quentin (deceased) returned to Albany in 1970. She accepted a position at Sears Roebuck and company as a soft line manager. Her duties included purchasing and controlling clothing lines for children, ladies’ jewelry, shoes and more. She hired, trained and assigned personnel. Mattie enjoyed meeting the clients. She had a beautiful spirit, and a “Big Heart”. Her zeal for working with people was exhibited throughout her life.

Family was her lifeline in this world. She had an open-door policy in her home. The welcome mat was always out for food, great conversation, a bed, chair, or sofa to lay your head. If you arrived without clothes, she would clothe you. She embraced family and friends and always supported and promoted activities which brought families closer together. Her Christian service in her church and community work continued throughout her life. At Saint Matthews she served as chairperson of the Hospitality Committee, President of Missionary Women, and a member of the senior choir. Additionally, she wore the Mission March Crown for the Newton Baptist Association as representative of Saint Matthews Missionary Baptist Church for several consecutive years. She gave her best to the Lord and expected others to do the same. The light of Jesus Christ shone so brightly from Mattie that it was impossible to miss the glow.

She was proud to be amongst the ““Band of Angels” whose mission was to preserve and protect the legacy of her Alma Mater, East Baker High School. Mattie served dutifully as financial secretary. She maintained excellent records, helped secure many financial grants and maintained accurate monthly records for audits. During her time at East Baker, she also served as purchasing manager coordinator for various events, and a team member for Southern Journeys, a quilting and sewing group.

Mattie Vaughn was a smart, wise, resilient and dignified woman. She possessed many talents and gifts using each one to support and uplift her family, church and community. Her effort resulted in the creation of numerous meaningful family memories, expanded community visions and access to entrepreneurial opportunities that may not have been realized.

The essence of Mattie’s life represents a wholeness that most could only hope to achieve, a wholeness that she achieved because of her trust, hope, and faith in God. This foundation helped her to remain steadfast in her values. firm in her convictions to honor God with the way she lived her life every day. She was clear of her assignments here on earth and allowed God to use her to advance his magnificent works.

Mattie has left a legacy of….”Love one another as God loves”. She leaves cherished memories to Sisters: Oriska B. Myers of Columbus, Georgia, Demaris B. Broadwater of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Bettye B. Edmonds of Albany, Georgia and a brother, John W. Broadway of Camilla, Georgia; grandsons: Joel Forbes and Quentin Vaughn, III, granddaughter: Chelsea B. Vaughn, great grandson: Jayden Forbes and Aunt, Louise W. Broadway. Many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mattie Vaughn enriched the lives of those she touched. and her beautiful legacy will leave a lasting imprint on all whom she encountered.

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  • Sunday, April 11, 2021
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
    SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. LOVE, HELEN TRICE WILLIAMS AND FAMILY
    ~ HELEN TRICE WILLIAMS   COLUMBUS, GA
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021
    To the family of Mrs. Mattie Broadway Vaughn, I am so sorry to hear that your loved one has passed. You have my deepest sympathy and condolences. May you find comfort and peace from God's word the Bible, it contain information that can help in our times of pain and sorrow. For example, at John 5:28,29, it says that there will be a resurrection of our dear loved ones and we will be able to see them again alive right here on this earth and they will be in good health in body and in mind. That is good news from God,it gives us hope for the future and helps us to endure the pain and sorrow we feel now. For more information please see the website www jw .org or contact me at P. O. Box 367 McComb, Ms. 39649.
    ~ James Prather, Jr.   McComb, Ms. 39648
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    To the Broadway and Vaughn Families, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mrs Vaughn she was a kind and and loving person. I met her about 12+ years ago at the old High School in Newton Georgia and I grew to love her dearly , we had so much fun there with the other ladies begin to start bringing a full course Sunday dinner on Tuesday most of all one of her mouth watering Pound cake. She is most definitely gonna be miss. To families I will continue to keep you all in my prayers this is a hard pill to sallow and I know it’s even harder for you all may God put His strong arms of protection around each and everyone of you. Gone to soon! Dorothea Taylor Sylvester Georgia
    ~ Dorothea Taylor   Sylvester, GA
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    To the Broadway and Vaughn Families, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mrs Vaughn she was a kind and and loving person. I met her about 12+ years ago at the old High School in Newton Georgia and I grew to love her dearly , we had so much fun there with the other ladies we began to start bringing a full coarse Sunday dinner on Tuesday most of all one of her mouth watering Pound cake. She is most definitely gonna be miss. To the families I will continue to keep you all in my prayers this is a hard pill to sallow and I know it’s even harder for you all may God put His strong arms of protection around each and everyone of you. Gone to soon! Dorothea Taylor Sylvester Georgia
    ~ Dorothea Taylor   Sylvester, GA
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    To my beautiful Aunt Mattie: Your love and kindness was infectious, your style and class unmatched; you were the epitome of grace and will forever remain in my heart. Love, your niece, Angela
    ~ Angela Broadwater Hunter   Newport News, VA
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
    To the Vaughn And Broadway family Mattie was a coworker at Sears from the mid-seventies until she retired in the nineties. She was someone I and all the store staff could always count on for complete team work and cooperation. Mattie was always a family first person and I know she will be missed by all. I know she is smiling with her "Vaughn" as she called him.
    ~ JIMMY L BUSH   Albany, GA