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Gay Lilly Vaughan Guizado Cavagnolo

Gay Lilly Vaughan Guizado Cavagnolo (1941-2023) was born in Portland, Oregon to Donna (Harwood) and Otis L. Vaughan who were descendants of the pioneers. The Vaughan family came from France settling in Virginia and migrating to California during the Gold Rush era of the 1840’s. The Harwood family came to America from England settling in Virginia and migrating to Montana during the Civil War. Lilly was the 16th great-grandniece of Sir Francis Drake descending from his sister Margaret Weldon Drake through the Harwoods.

Lilly attended Gresham High School in Oregon and the University of Houston, Texas. She worked as a fashion model in Portland, Oregon in the 1950’s. She started her secretarial career in 1961 with an accountant in Texas, and was later employed by Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., and Bechtel, Inc. of San Francisco in the late 1960’s. She worked for many years at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California as Clerk of the Marin County Transit District Board of Directors.

Lilly was an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church. She died in Vacaville, California surrounded by her family. She is survived by her brother Otis; her children Mario and Gigi; and her three granddaughters Antoinette, Lisette, and Gianna.

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