Ann died Monday, August 10, 2015. She was born the daughter of Billie and George Bass of Columbia, SC and had one brother, George and one sister, Pat Berry. She married Marshall Upton in 1949 and had two daughters, Marsha and Pam, and inherited a beloved “beaux fils”, Duncan, all of whom she loved very much. She also loved her adopted city of Asheville, NC, where she lived for over 50 years.
She lived a rich life, full of many friends and interests. She taught high school literature and coached the debate team at Lee H. Edwards. She had high expectations of her students but was also warm, patient and fun-loving with them. She was admired by her colleagues for her professionalism and gifts as a teacher.
She pursued knowledge her entire life, going back for her Master’s Degree at WCU in her 40’s, making the 3 hour round trip several times a week for over a year. She loved to read and was a member of two book groups. She was never comfortable dealing with finances but, in retirement, pushed herself to learn more by joining an investment club.
Also, in retirement, she helped in the greenhouses at the NC Arboretum and became a Master Gardener. She made a lush paradise out of every place she ever lived. She loved to travel and took many trips with her children. She was interested in most everything and reveled in getting lost, seeing a wrong turn as an adventure. When she was 65, she hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
She moved to Cary in 2014 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. It was a hard transition but she did it with her usual grace. She continued her tradition of making friends wherever life took her. The move enabled her to take enjoy more meals cooked by her son-in-law and they enjoyed the differences in each other’s cooking styles. She was chicken and dumplings, he was tuna niçoise. She joined two book groups and served on two committees at her retirement community.
Hers was a kind and generous spirit, unpretentious, with all the requisite manners of a southern lady. The one thing she could not abide in someone was insincerity. She possessed a strong moral compass, evidenced in her sense of social justice and simply the way she lived her life. It was a life to be proud of.
“Who has not found the heaven below
Will fail of it above.
God’s residence is next to mine,
His furniture is love.”
– Emily Dickinson
Condolences may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributions in her memory may be made to the NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC or Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC.
Celebration of Life well lived will be held in Asheville in the Fall.