Lois Illaine Upton
1952 - 2019
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Upton, Lois Ilaine Ms. Lois Ilaine (née Vignes) Upton, born on August 30, 1952 in Norfolk, Va., to the late Betty Lois Peresich and the late Dr. John Todd Vignes, passed away at age 66 on April 26, 2019 in Fairfax, Va. She was raised in Baton Rouge, La. and graduated from Tulane with her JD in 1987 and an LLM in Admiralty in 1988. In 1988, she moved to Fairfax, Va. After a long legal career she started Upton Law Firm in 2017, specializing in bankruptcy law. She was a proud and active member of NACBA and a fierce advocate for her clients. Ilaine is survived by her beloved husband, Christopher John Upton (m. May 31, 1980); her sons: Benjamin John Upton and his wife, Dr. Tara Dunderdale, and Nicholas Michael Upton and his fiancee, Rusheena Rush; her sisters, Lydia Vignes Waite and Jean Lorraine Vignes; and her granddaughter, Lilah Upton Dunderdale. She was preceded in death by her son, Brian Joseph Upton; brother, John Valentine Vignes; grandmothers, Inez Hepler Perry and Helen White Vignes; and grandfathers, Rudolph Louis Peresich and John Valentine Vignes. Per her wishes, she received a green burial at the Cool Springs Cemetery in Berryville, Va. She was a devout Catholic and, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a Catholic charity. Please sign the Guestbook at www.legacy.com/washingtontimes

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Published in Washington Times on May 6, 2019.
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March 31, 2020
I just hard about her death I am very sad
She was very kind person and very good lawyer she helped me with my bankruptcy case when nobody else was helping me I cry when I hard about her
God bless her beautiful soul and and take care her family
Nazifa Sadozai
November 4, 2019
RIP. Miss you in SI board. Learnt a lot. You were nice and helpful and shared your views to help others. May Lord be with you and help your family bear your loss.
October 4, 2019
So sorry to learn of Ilaine's passing. I have so many memories of this brilliant, fun loving girl from high school and college-- like stuffing as many people as possible into Lydia's VW Beetle and driving around in the wee hours, singing Hey, Jude at the top of our lungs.
Lydia and Jean, please know my heart is with you.
Johanna Carrasco
May 7, 2019
"Sisters are different flowers from the same garden." - anonymous
Dear Ilaine, even when we grew apart, across thousands of miles, my roots always remained intertwined with yours. I hope your spirit is blossoming into a new adventure. Love forever.
Jean Vignes
Sister
May 6, 2019
Ilaine and I both had serious problems with our feet. I recall with great delight the times at NACBA conventions that we raced each other in our wheelchairs! I will miss that fun at future NACBA conventions. Sincerest condolences to her family.
David Baker
May 6, 2019
I got to know Ilaine through NACBA and can confirm that she was a fierce advocate for her clients. She was also a supportive colleague and dear friend to many. She will be missed. My thoughts are with her family.

Maureen Thompson
May 6, 2019
I love you and I miss you, Ilaine
Chris Upton
Spouse
May 6, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 6, 2019
Journey well Lois Upton and may you rest in peace and joy.
Wayne Hart
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