Daphne was born November 25, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri to Martha Jean Wise and Charles Vann. Daphne was the oldest of four children: Charles Vann, Jr., Jacqueline Vann, and Deanna Vann. She moved to San Diego at a very young age and remained here since. She touched many people lives.
Daphne attended La Jolla High School and then became a Caveman at San Diego High School, where she participated in several extracurricular activities, such as cheerleading, and track and field. Her favorite subject was mathematics and she was known for being very skilled at mental math. Daphne began work as a clerk for the court system around the age of fifteen and aspired to become a drug counselor to help her community. Daphne lived a fruitful life. She was a goofy soul and had a gift of making everyone laugh. Daphne enjoyed watching movies (to which she always tended to fall asleep on), visiting her grandchildren, dancing and listening to her favorite music (especially “Prayed up” by Kandi Burruss and “Don’t Take It Personal” by Monica).
Daphne passed away peacefully due to a leading cause of lung cancer on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at her residence in San Diego.
Daphne is survived by her five children Dashauna Escobedo (Edgar Escobedo), Terrell Vann El-Bey (Avey El-Bey), Donnell St. Germain (Stephanie St. Germain), D’shanae Vann-Grigsby, and Ashley Zollicoffer; six grandchildren, Raymond Escobedo, Rosario Escobedo, Zaii El-Bey, Sydni Escobedo, Ptah El-Bey, and Paris Escobedo; brother, Charles (Chuckie) Vann, Jr.; sister Jacqueline Vann; niece Jasmine Ripp; nephews Charles Vann III, Joshua Shackleford, and Seth Lee; great nieces and nephews, Keith Haddock Jr., Mai’lani Shackleford, and Amayah Robinson; uncles: Charlie Brown, Jessie Busby, Robert Carter, and Samuel Carter; aunts Diane Terry, Barbara Jones, Jean Brown, Gwendolyn White, Shanta Carter, and Zella Byers; and many other relatives, including the Ellises, Carter’s, the Brown’s, and the 33rd Street Crew. Daphne has now been reunited with her parents, Martha Jean Wise and Charles Vann; sister Deanna Vann; grandmother, Claira Carter; great-grandmother Rosia Lee-Strawder; aunt Eunice Busby; and uncles Nathan Ellis, and Henry Brown.