Laura Jean Landau Upshaw

December 14, 1925March 30, 2014

Laura Jean Landau Upshaw died Sunday March 30, 2014, following a fall and a hip fracture. She was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, just north of Detroit, December 14, 1925. Her father was John Christian Landau and her mother was Edna Luella Zink Landau. She was raised in southeastern Michigan during the difficult times of the Great Depression. She was a 1950 graduate of the Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit, where she was President of her class. She later worked as a Registered Nurse in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was proud to have served her country in the Nursing Corps of the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, being stationed at Fort McPherson, Georgia. She met her future husband there, and they married on December 5, 1959, in the post chapel of Fort McPherson. A Certificate of Achievement was awarded to her March 31, 1961 by the Commanding General, Third United States Army, Fort McPherson, with this citation: “Lieutenant Upshaw displayed extreme proficiency in all phases of nursing care, demonstrating initiative, resourcefulness and professional ability. She willingly accepted changes in assignments with the general interest and welfare of her patients in mind at all times. Her cheerful disposition, democratic approach, and proficient nursing won the respect of the professional staff, and improved the morale of the patients. The manner in which Lieutenant Upshaw performed her duties reflects great credit upon herself and upon the Third United States Army.” She was the mother of six children: Charles Bell Upshaw, III (Connie) of Raleigh, North Carolina; Agnor LeRoy Upshaw (Jill) of Buies Creek, North Carolina; James Andrew Upshaw, M.D. (Amanda) of Macon, Georgia; Thomas Arthur Upshaw, M.D. (Jana) of Charleston, South Carolina; Mary Frances Upshaw Culpepper (Chris) of Roswell, Georgia; and Sarah Elizabeth Upshaw Crittenden, Esq. (Frank) of Atlanta, Georgia. There are nine grandchildren: Captain Charles Andrew Upshaw of Seoul, Korea; Grace Elizabeth Upshaw of Asheville, North Carolina; Mary Katherine Upshaw and Caroline Joy Upshaw of Buies Creek, North Carolina; Charles Bell Upshaw, IV, of Macon, Georgia; Helena Grace Upshaw and Bradley Aaron Upshaw of Charleston, South Carolina; and Margaret Hope Crittenden and Alexander Greene Crittenden of Atlanta, Georgia. She helped her physician husband's medical practice for many years, working in his office and getting to know the large number of his medical patients. She was a member and when her health permitted, attended regularly the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church. She will be remembered as a loyal and loving wife, a devoted mother, and a person who all her life was especially interested in the welfare of women and in strengthening opportunities available to women. She served as President of the Auxiliary of the Medical Association of Atlanta in 1983. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles Bell Upshaw, Jr., M.D., by her children and grandchildren, by her sister, Ruth Elizabeth Landau Werderitch (Richard) of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. Funeral services will be held Thursday, the 3rd of April at one o’clock at Patterson’s Arlington Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Ken Ray and the Reverend Dr. Gil Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nursing Service of Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, or to the charity of your choice. Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from twelve o’clock noon until the hour of service at H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328


  • A Visitation With The Family Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Funeral Services Celebrating The Life Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Jeffrey Sheehan

April 6, 2014

To the entire Upshaw family, we send our deepest condolences for your loss. Our prayer is that you are comforted by the wonderful memories of her and the love you shared. We loved the times we spent with her, and she will be missed dearly by many.


Sara & Jeff Sheehan

Tina Williams

April 5, 2014

Mary and Sarah, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 3, 2014

Dr. Upshaw I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Luara's passing. She was such a sweet lady. You and your family are in my prayers. Deborah Davis, Piedmont Credit Union

Mary Louise Lanier

April 3, 2014

Dr. Upshaw,
Please know that I am thinking of you and all of your family during this most difficult time. I shall always remember Mrs. Upshaw as a lovely and gracious lady and send my sincerest condolences to all of you.
Mary Louise Lanier

Kathi Vitale

April 2, 2014

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May God's grace be with you and your family.

Kathi Vitale

Julius K

April 2, 2014

May the almighty give you all the Upshaws strength and wipe your tears during this period as you mourn the loss of you loving one.


April 2, 2014

I meet Mrs. Upshaw about 2yrs ago, I can say even with her being sick she was the best patient I ever had. I can say I am going to truly miss her, my prayers goes out to the Upshaw family.

Vicki Vaughan

April 1, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with the Upshaw family during this sad time.

Jon Nichols

April 1, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mary. May you find some peace in the wonderful life she lead and the legacy she leaves behind.

John LeRoy

April 1, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with the Upshaw family at this time.