Natalie H. Upchurch, 87 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 11:12 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, Ill. She was born on February 25, 1931 in Taylorville, Ill. the daughter of Homer and Helen (Hunter) Martin. She married George Upchurch on July 3, 1952 in Taylorville, Ill. and he preceded her in death on April 20, 2014.
Natalie worked as a Catalog manager at JC Penny’s. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, Ill., United Methodist Women and Order of the Eastern Star. She was the past president of the VFW Post #4495 Ladies Auxiliary, and one of the first South School PTA Co-Presidents. Natalie also loved going to lunch and playing cards with her friends. Natalie’s wishes were for everyone to take a friend to lunch in her honor instead of sending her flowers.
She is survived by her daughter Jane Hunsche of Taylorville, Ill., sons: Michael Upchurch of Taylorville, Ill. and Jim (Bonnie) Upchurch of New Iberia, La.; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; son-in-law: Nelson Gulso of Kincaid, Ill.; brother-in-law: Charles Drake of Naples, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter: Julie Gulso, mother and father-in-law: Paul and Edna Upchurch, sisters: Marcia Wham, Patricia Hart and LouCinda Drake.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. Inurnment will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Ill.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign their on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.