Rita Claire Miller

December 1, 1940 - January 8, 2022
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Rita Claire (Vaughan) Miller, age 81, of Dover, Ohio died on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 in her current residence of Park Village.

She was born on Dec. 1, 1940, in Muskegon, Michigan, the daughter of the late Joseph and Genevieve (Marshall) Vaughan.  In 1958 Rita graduated from Cotter High School in Winona, Minn.

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Rita Claire (Vaughan) Miller, age 81, of Dover, Ohio died on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 in her current residence of Park Village.

She was born on Dec. 1, 1940, in Muskegon, Michigan, the daughter of the late Joseph and Genevieve (Marshall) Vaughan.  In 1958 Rita graduated from Cotter High School in Winona, Minn.

Along with her family, Rita moved to New Philadelphia in 1959. On August 20, 1960, Robert married Rita (Vaughan) and shared nearly 58 years of marriage before his passing on Jan. 11, 2018.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a volunteer for a number of charities, and a caring neighbor and friend.

The second of 14 children, she treasured her parents and siblings and their Catholic faith and Irish heritage, which she continued to share with her family throughout her life. At the age of 14, when her sister contracted polio, she was in charge of her nine other quarantined siblings for two weeks while their parents stayed with their hospitalized daughter.

She enjoyed singing Irish songs and hymns with the family and was a big Notre Dame fan, and a supporter of any athletic teams her family was involved in. Always the tender-hearted soul, her father once said that “Rita would cry when a gas station closed”.  She was a loving and devoted daughter to her parents, a devoted wife, a compassionate mother, a loyal sister, and an eternal friend.

A fiercely intelligent woman, Rita also had an equally fierce sense of humor. Rita will be missed for her kindness and her caring toward others. If you were in Rita’s presence, she would look you in the eye and tell you how beautiful (or handsome) you were depending on what the case may be.

She retired from Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services and previously was employed in banking in New Philadelphia.

In addition to her parents and husband, Rita was preceded in death by her cherished sister Maureen Hess and brother Joseph Vaughan. Rita is survived by her children, Jennifer (Carl) Grant of Cincinnati, and Robert (Loni Dahlinger) Miller of New Philadelphia; her grandchildren, Claire and Samantha Grant and Alexis and Robbie Miller; and one great-granddaughter, Evelynne Miller.

In addition, Rita is survived by her siblings John Vaughan and his wife Joyce; Annette Vaughan; James Vaughan and his wife Jeanne; Patrick Vaughan and his wife Donna; Katherine Ellwood and her husband Tim; David Vaughan; Jeannie DiDonato and her husband David; Thomas Vaughan and his wife Brenda; Michael Vaughan and his wife Kathy; Daniel Vaughan and his wife Marsha and Mark Vaughan and his wife Jennifer, her sister-in-law Carol Woods of New Philadelphia; and brother-in-law, James Davidson. And numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 14, 2022 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 613 N. Tuscarawas Ave., Dover OH 44622. Father Jimmy Hatfield will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial in the church beginning at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia. The family requests that all visitors wear masks.

Donations in Rita’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or St. Joseph Catholic Church.



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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Time: 11:30 am

End Time: 1:00 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church


613 North Tuscarawas Avenue
Dover, OH 44622

Service Information

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Time: 1:00 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church


613 North Tuscarawas Avenue
Dover, OH 44622

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm

Evergreen Burial Park


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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St. Joseph Catholic Church

613 N Tuscarawas Ave
Dover, Ohio 44622

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Born: December 1, 1940
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Mel and Pat Fontana posted on 1/14/22

We are sorry to hear of Rita' s passing. She was a delight to know. May your memories of Rita help you get through the days ahead.


Val Strimbu posted on 1/14/22

So sad to hear of Rita's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to her children, grandchildren and siblings and everyone in the Vaughan and Miller families.





Rita Murphy posted on 1/12/22

I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort at such a sad time.


Tom Strimbu posted on 1/12/22

Very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to the Vaughan/Miller families.


Tom Basiewicz posted on 1/12/22

My deepest sympathies to the entire Vaughan family


Gail Costigan posted on 1/12/22

My precious Aunt Rita will always be remembered for her sweet smile and twinkle in her eye as others have also described especially when talking about her children, grandchildren or being in the midst of her siblings who she loved and enjoyed fiercely! She was a sweet, tender spirit who was touched easily and I remember her crying then laughing on many occasions at the mention of anything sentimental. In her later years she was still as happy, grateful, kind and stoic as she could be. Surprisingly no tears anymore just sweetness oozing from her. What a gift she was and I’m sure those that went before her are so happy to have her share in their heavenly bliss! Love to you Jennifer and Rob and all of her siblings. Gail Costigan, Niece


Mary Cardani posted on 1/12/22

Mike,Kathy and family. So sorry to hear about Rita. My deepest sympathy to all! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you! God bless her.


Mary & Jim Elco posted on 1/12/22

Our deepest sympathy to the Vaughn family. My favorite memories of Rita are the times when Judy Burnham and I played oldie songs at Park Village, and Rita knew every lyric to every song we played. Pop, country, show tunes...she knew them all. She sat in the front row, sang along, and acted as unofficial director of the resident choir. An absolutely beautiful woman. She will be sadly missed. God bless, Mary and Jim Elco


Gabriel "Bud" & Ruth Mattevi posted on 1/12/22

Our sympathy & prayers for all of her family. There is no doubt God greeted her with open arms.


Jo Fesler posted on 1/11/22

To Rita's family, What a treasure it was to work with Rita many years ago. At the time it was the Tusc. Co. Dept. of Human Services. She was truly remarkable. May she fly high with the angels!


Noreen Crowell Oviatt posted on 1/11/22

To my Vaughan cousin’s, I’m sooo sorry for your loss. Rita is having a new family reunion now in Heaven, it’ll be wonderful. Praying for all families. Cousin Noreen Oviatt. Granddaughter of Thomas and Catherine Vaughan.


Sam Rodriguez and Chris Warren Parker posted on 1/11/22

Sorry for your loss Robbie. We are thinking about you and your family.


Cathy and Pat Lahmers posted on 1/11/22

Rita always had such a beautiful smile and a twinkle in her eye! I always enjoyed the times I spent with her! She was blessed with the caring family she richly deserved! May her sweet memory be a comfort to all of you.


Heather Blacka posted on 1/11/22

Rita was a genuinely beautiful person. I enjoyed spending time with her playing games, painting her nails and just talking to her. I will miss her big smile and listening to her talk about her children. Prayers to your family during this difficult time.


Rhonda Stewart posted on 1/11/22

I send my sympathy in the loss of your loved one… God Bless


Debbie Corwin posted on 1/11/22

Deepest Sympathy to all of the Vaughn family!! I remember Rita at the bank!??


Vic and Judy Stull posted on 1/11/22

Our deepest sympathy to Robbie and the families. You are in our prayers and thoughts.