Sylvia Rita Bennett-Vaughan

Sylvia Rita Bennett-Vaughan was lifted up to heaven by the Angels on Nov. 17, 2020, in Las Cruces, N.M. She was a devoted wife to the late Clinton Elvis Vaughan. They met in 1949, and shared 62 blessed years together. 

She was born May 30, 1930, in El Paso, Texas, to John T. Bennett and Lucille Pierson. She was raised in the Big Bend, Marathon, Texas, and Haymond, Texas.

Sylvia attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1950. For 18 years she dedicated herself to her career as an elementary teacher in the Las Cruces Public School system, as well as two additional years at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School. 

Sylvia was very passionately involved with the Catholic community in Las Cruces. She sang in numerous church choirs for 32 years. Her artistic and creative inclinations carried her hobbies of singing, playing the piano, and painting. It wasn’t uncommon of her to discover nature and turn it into a piece of art. She found enjoyment in the simplest things, such as researching family linage and, most importantly, spending time with family. 

She was preceeded in death by her loving husband, her parents, a sister, Cornelia Skinner, four aunts, and two uncles.

She is survived by her children Rita (late Lyle) Hutchins, Laura Bridges, Lawrence (Marilyn) Vaughan, Scott Vaughan, Maureen Greene, Eleanor (Rick) Manasco, Michael (Alma) Vaughan; 22 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be: Parker, Austin, and Cayman Greene, Noah and Ty Vaughan, and Galen Hutchins. Honorary Pallbearers will be Shaw, Walter ,and Nelson Skinner, Richard Larsen, Kolbyn Hutchins, Garrett Rutherford, Cole and Carson Kircher, Ryan Vaughan, Greg Smith, Patrick Kircher, and Eddie and Jerry Luna.

Viewing will be Dec. 2, 2020, at 9 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Newman Center in Las Cruces, followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. Services to be officiated by Fr. Alex Urena. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Hillcrest Cemetery in Las Cruces. 

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice or St. Albert the Great Newman Center. 

Arrangements were made with La Paz-Graham’s Funeral Home 555 West Amador Las Cruces, NM 88005. To sign the online guest book, visit