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Fern Upshaw (01-12-2017)
Photo of Fern UpshawOn January 3, 2017, we
released the hand of an
Earth Angel. Our Mom,
Fern Upshaw, joined her
husband, her dad, her
mother, and her daughterin-
law in Paradise.
Mom was the woman in
our lives incapable of selfindulgence,
self-pity, selfimportance,
or anything
else that had to do with
“self.” She was a loving
wife and mother. She was
unwavering in her commitment
to her family and God.
She spent her 90 years on
earth attempting to make
everyone around her happy,
comfortable and loved. She
was the edification of love and commitment. She was the
glue that held our family together. She had only one kind
of love … unconditional.
Her children – Barry, Doug, and Marsha – had the privilege
of caring for her for the last two years after a disabling
stroke. Her passing will leave a hole in our souls that will
only be filled with the overflowing of love she left behind.
In her last hours, she had a personal bit of advice for each
of us. Heaven is a brighter place tonight because of her
presence. I once read in a book, “God is Love”. I would add
to this…“My Mom is Love!” Save us a seat, Mama.
Preceding her in death were: Her parents, Commie and
Marie Barrett; her husband, Coy Upshaw; and a loving
daughter-in-law, Glenda Upshaw.
Left to cherish her memory are: Her two sons – Barry
E. Upshaw and Douglas C. Upshaw and wife Cheryl , all
of Spearsville; a daughter, Marsha E. Blankenship and
husband Jerry of Newhope, Ark.; eight grandchildren;
13 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January
6, 2017, at Mt. Union Baptist Church in Spearsville. Burialwas in the church cemetery under the direction of Farrar
Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Visitation was Thursday at the church and again Friday
from noon until time of service.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.