Rose “Rosie” Anna Upshaw died on Oct. 17, 2018. Mrs. Upshaw was born at home in Fanwood on Dec. 22, 1931. She was the first of six children born to the late William A. Lee and the late Alma Barnes Lee.
She attended Fanwood-Scotch Plains public schools and graduated from Scotch Plains High School in 1950. On Oct. 15,1950 she married Theodore Upshaw and they had two sons, Theodore Jr. and Duane.
Mrs. Upshaw worked for the federal government from 1952 to 1955 and from 1957 to 1958. She was baptized in 1955 by the late Rev. B.F. Johnson at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark. When her sons were Cub Scouts she acted as a Den Mother.
After moving to Montclair, in 1966 she later joined the Union Baptist Church. There she taught Sunday School for several years and later served as Sunday School treasurer. She joined the usher board in 1994 serving as chaplain and later recording secretary. She was a faithful and interested participant in the church Bible class.
From 1968 to 1974 Mrs. Upshaw worked for Day Nurseries, Inc. then located in D.C. Rice Hall. From 1975 until retirement in 1996 she worked as a court clerk for the Essex County Superior Court. She was a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. She served as the Auxiliary’s recording secretary for a number of years.
She liked to cook, sew, read, go on day trips, visit the sick and shut in and entertain. She described her picnics and family gatherings as a “labor of love.”
She was predeceased by her husband Theodore and son Duane.
She is survived by her son Theodore Upshaw Jr., and wife Christina, brothers Robert W. Lee and wife Shirley, William A. Lee and wife Josephine, sisters Patricia Craig, Constance Mills and Brenda Lee, daughter-in-law Selena Green, grandchildren, Monique Upshaw, Autumn Upshaw and Keba Florio and eight great-grandchildren as well as a host of extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Martin’s Home for Service, 48 Elm St., Montclair. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Union Baptist Church, 12 Midland Ave., Montclair.