A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. this afternoon for Dale Vaughn-Bowen, who started the Crooked Vine winery and was always active in Pleasanton's Bras for the Cause breast cancer fundraiser walks. She was 53.
A talented and passionate winemaker, she and her father Clyde purchased and revitalized the historic Stony Ridge Winery in Livermore. She then created a new brand, Crooked Vine, to showcase premium fruit from the Livermore Valley. She earned many awards, both for her products and for her enthusiasm in helping to elevate the status of the entire winegrowing region. A lifelong active Soroptomist, she belonged to the Dublin-Pleasanton chapter for more than 25 years.
Ms. Vaughn-Bowen died March 14 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born June 13, 1956 in Tonopah, Nevada to Margaret and Clyde Vaughn, she graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1974. She went on to attend Chabot College before finding her true passion in the wine industry.
She fought cancer with determination, serving as an inspiration to others battling this disease. She and daughter Morgan were chosen as honorees for the Bras for the Cause fundraiser walk in Pleasanton in 2008.
Dale was preceded in death by her sister Janice. She is survived by her husband of nearly 25 years, James Bowen; parents Clyde and Margaret Vaughn; daughters Morgan Jessie Bowen, Juanita Bowen Waymire and Jennifer Aldrich; and granddaughters Faith and Kayla Waymire.
In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests donations be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568
The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Wineries, 4948 Tesla Road in Livermore.