Memorial at 4 p.m. today for Dale Vaughn-Bowen, 53

Award winning Pleasanton winemaker also known for breast cancer fundraising leadership

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.

-Jeb Bing

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Posted by TVS
a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 25, 2010 at 8:37 am

Dale fought a courageous battle. She was an inspiration to everyone who met her. Big hug to Morgan and James.

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Posted by Cohen Family
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

Dale was a wonderful person who had a beautiful spirit. She fought valiantly. May she rest in peace and may Jim and Morgan have nothing but wonderful memories.

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Posted by John and Mary Reding
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Our condolences to Jimmy and family. You are in our thoughts and remembered in our prayers during this difficult time.

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

Dale was a wonderful, inspirational person who will be missed. She knew she had so many people supporting her, as well as supporting Jimmy and Morgan. I will miss her terribly but I am so happy that she is now without pain. I have nothing but great memories of her.

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Posted by Paula Gehring & Family
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2010 at 5:09 am

Although Dale was involved in many actvities she always held her family near and dear to her heart. I am so proud of the way that she fought this battle. I'm so honored that she she planned our family reunions and vacations because she thought we were all so important! Sending all our love to Aunt Margaret, Uncle Clyde, Jim & Morgan.

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