(07/24/2003) Mary Jo Adams Vaughan, 81, gentle mother and devoted wife, died on July 9, 2003. Mary Jo was born to Jack and Eloise Adams, grew up in San Antonio where she graduated from Jefferson High School in 1939. After attending the University of Texas for two years, she worked at the Texas Highway Department until 1946. In 1946 she married Thomas Doak Vaughan of Bertram who had just returned from England where he had flown combat missions over Germany in WWII. Tommy went on to graduate from the University of Texas with the support of Mary Jo, his young wife, thanks to her job with the Highway Department. After his graduation, Tom joined the New York Life Insurance Company where he worked for 34 years, always with the close support of Mary Jo. Tom's managerial responsibilities in the firm took him and Mary Jo to Houston for 12 years and to Tulsa and Corpus Christi for 11 years respectively. Tom retired from the New York Life Insurance Company in 1982 and he and Mary Jo moved to Onion Creek South of Austin, where they have lived the last 21 years of their 57 year marriage. Mary Jo is survived by her husband, Tom; and her two children, Nancy, 54, who is married to John Lowe, and works as an interior decorator in Littleton, Colorado, and Richard, 51, who is married to Fernanda, and for the past 30 years has owned and operated an English Language - Training Company for Spanish business men and professionals in Madrid, Spain. Tom and Mary Jo had a second son, Thomas Davis, who died at nine days old. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Jeffery and Welsey Cook of Colorado, and Andrea and Jack Vaughan of Madrid, Spain. Mary Jo was loved by many for her warm, sweet personality. She is known for never having said a bad word about anyone and for having been a loyal, loving and delightful support to her husband, Tom, both personally and in the many social events of his professional life. She was a truly superb mother to her two children, Nancy and Rick, bringing them up with a perfect blend of independence and responsibility, a ``seal of quality'' they are forever grateful for. Services were held for Mary Jo on July 14 in Burnet, Texas and she was buried at Bear Creek Cemetery in Bertram, Texas. Mary Jo will always be remembered as a warm, sweet person who never tired in giving all she had to those around her. She was truly a singular woman. Edgar Funeral Homes, Burnet, Texas (512) 756-4444.