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Josephine Ann Conroy Upham Billings

March 12, 2013


Josephine Ann Conroy Upham Billings
May 15, 1927-February 10, 2013
    
        You are beloved daughter of Margaret Gertrude and Thomas Henry Conroy; charming wife to David William Upham, Sr., and Cmdr. Richard Newman Billings, USN (deceased); resolute mother to David William Upham, Jr., (deceased), Jonathan Conroy Upham (Patty), Christopher Allison Upham (Susannah) and Jennifer Upham Saunders (Dan); untiring grandmother to Jonathan, Jessica and William Upham, and Benjamin, Rachel and Zachary Saunders; adored aunt, second mother, friend and grand dame to many.

        You were in Hollywood movies before you were out of diapers. Your love of and achievement in sports, and your eternal love of literature and education, were your first pursuits after graduating Cathedral Chapel and LA High, and combined with your spark for adventure, after graduating with teaching credentials from UCLA (where as a freshman you were 1 of 6 selected by the football team to ride the UCLA Rose Parade float—Go Bruins!), you taught elementary school in rural Texas.  Glorious adventures were shared with beloved Delta Gamma sisters, friends and family, from stylish lodgings to bare floor fare: as long as it was done like they do in New Orleans, you did it with flair. Your rising spirit of wanderlust and superb memory for face, name and story provided you cherished memories you relived throughout your lifetime. Each friend you greeted and treated with kind warmth and witty intellect while growing up in Los Angeles, ranching and raising a family in Texas with the other Uphams and friends, then in artistic Laguna Beach and Emerald Bay for more than 50 years with all the friends and families. Western adventures were skiing in ID, CA, CO; sailing the seas, especially with Martha Ellen and Marie; Baja and San Onofre surfing sojourns with the Beckets and others; to the east, to Newport, RI, and your Amherst friends; to the far east, from Hong Kong to Trincomalee, and to Central and South America and the world, especially your ancestral home of Ireland, which you carried with you, always.

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