Nancy Jean Upham
Published October 28, 2013 9:35am by
Funeral services for Nancy Jean Upham, 90, Seminole will be conducted Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marvin Gregory officiating. Interment will follow in the Gaines County Cemetery with services under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Seminole. She passed away Thursday, October 24 in Seminole.
Jean was born August 23, 1923 in Amarillo, the only child of Holmes Anderson "Smitty" and Rosa Lee Hinson Smith. She graduated from LeFors High School in 1941 and attended Amarillo Business College. Jean married Lyman Maurice Upham on January 22, 1942 in Pampa, just before he joined the Army Air Corp. She worked for the Coltexo Gasoline Company in LeFors for three years while he served in the Army. In 1955 they moved their family from LeFors to Seminole. Jean worked half days as secretary for two years at the First United Methodist Church; she worked for Dr. Steve Hood for five years and when he closed his office in Seminole she then went to work in the Gaines County Tax Assessor-Collector office where she worked for 18 years until her retirement.
Jean and her family were very faithful members of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and served in many other capacities.
After her retirement from the county she stayed very busy, she cooked and delivered Meals on Wheels and served as a Pink Lady at the hospital. She served as an election judge for Precinct 4. She also collected used clothing for her son-in-law to take on his mission trips to Mexico. In 1996 the community named her Keenager of the Year. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Lyman Maurice "Reece" Upham, Jr., and son-in-law Jim Shibley.
Jean is survived by two daughters Judy Shibley of Seminole, Nancy Barnes of Midland; two sons Wayne Upham of Lubbock and Larry Upham of Forney, six grandchildren Tim Guthrie, Michael Guthrie, Amy Jerabek, Russell Barnes, Chad Upham and Erica Upham; and ten great-grandchildren Kyrie Guthrie, Rhett Guthrie, Asia Guthrie, John Mike Guthrie, Emily Guthrie, Kate Guthrie, Hudson James Guthrie, Chelsea Jerabek, Christopher Jerabek and Kayle Upham.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the charity of your choice.
Family and friends visitation was held Saturday, October 26 from 5:30-to 7:00 p.m. at Ratliff Funeral Home in Seminole.