November 7, 2021


Her Story

Florence Vaughn Moore



Affectionately known as “Baby” to her siblings, Florence, was born November 6, 1936, to Robert Vaughn, Sr (1906-1967) and Frances (Coleman) Vaughn Braddford (1905-1986) in Centralia, Illinois, where both parents migrated separately from the South as youths. She was the middle child of six  siblings: Virginia, Robert, Jerome, Joan, and   Carolyn.

Centralia was and remains a small town of less than 15,000 residents. Many of whom are extended relatives of the Vaughn and Coleman families. There, Florence was brought up in a loving, hard-working, and spiritually centered family. She attended the Second Baptist Missionary Church of Centralia, most of her life, where she accepted salvation at an early age, and was kept busy with religious and community activities along with her siblings by their protective mother, Frances.

After graduating from Centralia High School, Florence followed her sister, Virginia “Sis” and brothers, Robert and  Jerome, and cousins, Gloria and Acy, by  migrating to Indianapolis, Indiana.  In that city, she found employment at the United States Army Finance &  Accounting Center at Fort Benjamin Harris, Indiana. There she eventually met the love of her life in the person of Sylvester Charles Moore.

Florence and Sylvester were united Holy Matrimony on the July 18, 1959, in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.   Early in the marriage they were blessed to purchase their own home on Baltimore  Avenue in Indianapolis and immediately set about becoming active members of the community, joining Mt. Paran Baptist Church.

After several years of marriage, on January 15, 1963, they welcomed a daughter, Terri Lynn, into the world and their family life was filled with joy. The family loved an active church life, traveled often to see extended family and friends, and hosted many events and activities in their home; but, the family’s greatest passion became bowling. Florence, Sylvester, and Terri all soon became accomplished bowlers. Joining leagues and collecting numerous trophy awards and accolades over the years.       Florence and Sylvester remained active bowlers many years and found solace there. Especially after the sudden loss of their only daughter, Terri, on October 29, 2004.

Even with great the loss of their beloved Terri ,the Moore’s great joy in life was their grandson, Tremayne, and his son, Tremayne, Jr., “TJ”.     Florence and Sylvester thrived as grandparents and great-grandparents.  One only had to witness the sparkle in their eyes as they talked about some activity or another that TJ was involved in.  Especially as he followed his great-grand parents by becoming an active member of their church.

Florence, like most of the Vaughn family, was quiet but focused, completing with excellence anything she set her heart to. For her, family was everything. Throughout her life she was “the glue” that made sure that the scattered Vaughn clan stayed connected.

Florence Vaughn Moore departed this earthly life November 7, 2021.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Vaughn, Sr., and Frances (stepfather, Russell) Braddford; her husband,  Sylvester Moore; beloved daughter, Terri Lynn (Daniel) Sheldon; brothers, Robert Vaughn, Jr., and Jerome Vaughn; sisters, Rosie Virginia Vaughn, Joan Vaughn-Walker, and Carolyn Vaughn, and precious cousin and confidant, Gloria Dean Jones “Homegirls for life”!

She leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memory her grandson, Tremayne Shelton, Sr.; great-grandson, Tremayne Shelton, Jr., lovingly  known as “TJ”; three nieces, Rosalind Vaughn-Nichol,  Philadelphia, PA, Caroline (Ric) Thomas, Indianapolis, IN, and Francis Walker, Pontiac, MI; two nephews, Robert (Sherie) Jackson, Indianapolis, IN, and Hoyt  Walker, San Francisco, CA; one great niece, Angelica  Walker, and four great-nephews, Brandon Walker, Jerome Jackson, Jerick Jackson, and Kaiden Jackson; dear cousins, Sabae Martin and Evelyn Jones-Johnson, both of Indianapolis, IN., and their families who helped care for Florence in her last years, and a host of other family members and friends in both Indianapolis and Centralia.


...Perhaps my life seemed all too brief:
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now, He set me free.


Humbly Submitted…………..The Family




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November 16, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Celebration of Life
November 16, 2021

1:00 PM
Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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