Mary Ruth (Wright) Upton

June 16, 1937 ~ May 28, 2020 (age 82)


Mary Ruth Wright Upton, 82, of Landrum, passed away on May 28, 2020.  She was the daughter of the late John Foster and Cora Lee Edwards Wright and the wife of the late Paul Ross Upton, Jr.

She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.  Mary Ruth was a faithful church pianist for over 70 years at Ingleside, Morgan Chapel and New Hope Baptist Churches as well as playing for many singers, weddings and funerals.  She worked as an computer operator at Bigelow-Sanford and worked in the office at International Wire and after retirement she worked as a private caregiver.  She was a strong, faithful Christian lady who was a role model for many.  Mary Ruth and her late husband Paul were very giving people and gave even when they didn't have it to give.

She is survived by her sons, Phillip (Elaine), Jeff and Carey (Angie) Upton; a sister, Juanita Geddes; grandchildren, Felicia, Calem, McKenzie, Journey, Brandon, Grant and Kimberly; seven great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband Paul, she was predeceased by ten brothers and sisters.

The family will receive friends from 2:00PM - 4:00PM, Sunday May 31, 2020 at Petty Funeral Home, while abiding by social distancing guidelines. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the funeral service will be private for the family but will be live streamed at on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:00AM conducted by Rev. Caleb Bruce, Rev. Bobby Pierce, Rev. Joe White and Rev. Stacy Glover.  Burial will be in Ingleside Baptist Church Cemetery following the service where attendance is welcome while abiding by social distancing guidelines.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 500 N Shamrock Ave, Landrum, SC 29356.

The family will be at the home of her son Carey Upton.

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May 31, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Petty Funeral Home
124 N. Trade Street
Landrum, SC 29356

Services will be private
June 1, 2020

11:00 AM

Interment following funeral service
June 1, 2020

Ingleside Baptist Church
19000 Asheville Hwy
Landrum, SC 29356

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