Iola Upchurch


Iola Louise Upchurch, 85, of Garden City, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

Iola Louise Upchurch, 85, of Garden City, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

She was born July 7, 1927, in Deerfield, to Solomon and Myrtle Dyke Biehn. She graduated from Holcomb High School in 1946.

On Sept. 1, 1946, she married Charley W. Upchurch in Garden City. A Garden City resident since then, she worked for 30 years as a bookkeeper for Northern Pump in Garden City.

Her husband died Aug. 17, 2000. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Gwendolyn Upchurch; a grandson, SPC Clinton Upchurch; a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Beard; a brother, Hubert Biehn; and a sister, Irene Brown.

Survivors include a son, Greg Upchurch and wife Cindy of Garden City; a sister, Hazel Leopold of Coffeyville; a life-long friend, Vernetta Jones of Garden City; two grandchildren, Misty Upchurch, and John Upchurch and wife Jess of St. Charles, Mo.; and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Christian Upchurch of St. Charles.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

There will be no visitation. Condolences may be emailed to Memorials are suggested to the Clinton R. Upchurch Memorial Scholarship Fund at Garden City Community College, in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.


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