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Joan Missert Vaughan, a retired accountant who was active in her church, died Tuesday in Northgate Health Care Facility, Wheatfield, after a brief illness. She was 91.

Born Joan L. Missert in Buffalo, she graduated from St. Mary’s Seminary Elementary School and Nardin Academy. She then went on to study at Miss Schnerl’s Business Academy in Buffalo.

Prior to her marriage, she was employed as the administrative assistant to the president of Sterling Engine Co. in Buffalo, a major World War II defense contractor.

Later, she was the administrative assistant to Buffalo School Superintendent Joseph Manch.

Between 1965 and 1981, Mrs. Vaughan held various accounting positions in the Buffalo area, including staff accountant for the Buffalo Council on World Affairs and U.S. Steel.

She retired in 1981 as tax accountant and auditor with the accounting firm of Myers and Bechtel in Snyder.

Mrs. Vaughan was an active volunteer for various churches in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, including St. Joseph’s New Cathedral, St. Margaret’s, St. Mark’s and St. Joseph’s University Parish.

In addition, she performed volunteer work over many years for numerous other organizations, including Friends of Night People, Western New York Peace Center, UNICEF, Catholic Charities, the Cursillo Movement, and Loaves and Fishes.

Her family said she also was known for her gourmet cooking and her ability to create beautiful oil Impressionist-style paintings.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, William T.; two daughters, Kathleen Putnam and Molly; a son, William T. Jr.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Mark Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave.