On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 our beloved mother, Catherine Riley Upright, 91, joined her family in heaven. She is rejoicing with her parents, Robert and Annie Riley, three brothers, Marvin, Raymond and Ernest, and two sisters, Alice and Ruth, who had all preceded her. She was born on February 8, 1926 in the Lucia Community of Gaston County, NC. She married the late Wayne Upright on July 4, 1941 and they were blessed with four daughters who survive her: Bobbi Ann Jackson of Landis, NC, Wanda Williams of Concord, NC, Shannon Smith (Robert) of Matthews, NC and Cathy Simpson of Hendersonville, NC.
Being a strong woman, and with God's help, she was both mother and father to her girls during the time when it was still a rarity. She leaves a large extended family of whom she was extremely proud, 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
She attended SouthEastern Beauty School and was the assistant manager at LaMericks 3rd floor beauty salon in the uptown Belk. After leaving LeMerick Enterprise, she took a giant leap of faith and returned to school, graduating at the age of 45 from CPCC's RN Nursing Program. She was employed by CMC, was Director of Nursing at Green Acres Nursing Home and retired from Presbyterian Home Health as a high tech private duty nurse.
Our hearts are sad at her passing, but we are filled with joy because we know that this Christian woman is now with her Heavenly Father. We will celebrate her homegoing Saturday January 6, 2018 at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, Matthews, NC at 2:00 PM. Rev. Buddy Pigg will officiate. Viewing will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM prior to the service. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Landis, NC.
Powles Staton Funeral Home, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care is assisting the Upright family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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