Martha (Sue) Upshaw

Martha (Sue) Upshaw passed to Glory May 13, 2021. Sue passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Sue was born to Monroe Harris and Mary E Swanzey Harris in the Black Hills of South Dakota on Feb. 22, 1939. Sue was the 11th of 14 children. Sue had a happy and adventurous life growing up in the hills of South Dakota. Sue loved the Black Hills and the history that her family shared as a part of the growth and development in Hill City and Keystone. Sue was the granddaughter of David Swanzey and Carrie Ingalls Swanzey and as such took pride in the leadership they contributed to the area. Sue was the great niece of Laura Ingalls Wilder; she contributed to Laura’s museum both in South Dakota and Missouri. She loved to talk to school children and was often a guest speaker at schools sharing the history of this relationship.  
Sue married Wayne S. Upshaw (of Mtn. Grove, Mo.) Aug. 3, 1956. Wayne was a career Air Force man and Sue was a career Air Force wife. The couple moved several times during the 20 years until eventually retiring to Boise, Idaho, where they lived out their remaining years.
The couple had four children, Shayne Upshaw, Londa Upshaw, Liane Upshaw Hihath (Jim Hihath) and Darcy Upshaw Cecil (Ron Cecil). Sue was blessed with seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Sue was a wonderful seamstress putting her talents together at her business she ran for 30 years; some of that time she shared ownership with her lifelong friend and business partner Bonnie. Sue was active in the Salvation Army where she worshipped and served her community helping in many events over the years.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband Wayne, her son Shayne, son in law Jim and 11 siblings.
Sue will be missed by all who knew her.
Memorial service will be held June 3 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Boise Idaho. Celebration of life will follow at the Reid Merrill Park, 637 E Shore Drive Eagle, Idaho.

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