Joyce H. Upham

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Joyce H. Upham
AIKEN, SC - Mrs. Joyce E. (Harris) Upham, 80, died on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in her home in Aiken, South Carolina of complications following breast cancer.
Born August 28, 1935, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Frieda M. (Miller) Harris.
Joyce was a graduate of Northwestern High School, Maryland, was a Presidential scholarship recipient at Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland where she graduated with a BS in education. She then taught at several public schools in the Hyattsville, Maryland area. A Southern Regional Education Board scholarship followed to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with an MSin library science.
She was awarded an Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher award from the National Science Foundation, taught USmilitary dependents in Okinawa, Japan, and was a librarian at schools in Durham and Orange counties in North Carolina. In Fairbanks, Alaska, she was the children's librarian in the North Star Borough Library, a docent at the University of Alaska Museum of the North and taught specialized reading courses in the local public schools and at Tanana Valley Community College. In Massachusetts, Joyce was director of the Carver Public Library, organizing the construction of a new state-of-the-art library facility. After retiring to Aiken in 1999, she reorganized, computerized, and catalogued the library for St. John's United Methodist Church.
During summer months, she participated in a hands-on renovation of a family cottage in Plymouth, Mass. and as a hobby she caned chairs and taught others how to cane chairs, a skill she first learned while living in Chapel Hill.
She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Aiken, South Carolina, and was a 50 year member of the American Association of University Woman (AAUW), an organization where she served as president of several branches. Joyce was listed in Who's Who of American Women.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Donald B. Upham; her children, Harris W. Upham (Tara) and
Margaret W. Upham (Mark Mazurkiewicz) both of Reading, Pennsylvania; sisters Sara Jane Smith (Samuel) of North Augusta, South Carolina;
Arlene M. Vincent (Edward) of North Augusta, South Carolina and Marcia L. Harris of Aiken, South Carolina.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at St. John's UMCchapel, Aiken, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, Aiken, South Carolina 29801.
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St John's United Methodist
104 Newberry St NW
Aiken, SC 29801
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Jan. 29, 2016
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