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Gwendolyn Tandy Upchurch (1989 – 2013)

Gwendolyn Tandy Upchurch, born on Aug. 8, 1989, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Visitation: The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home. Gwendolyn was a remarkable young woman who lit up a room and deeply touched those she met. Words will never express how much we love and miss her yet her spirit lives on in us all. We are grieving her lost battle to addiction that she fought so valiantly. Our family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to all who tried so hard to help her and for the prayers and thoughts that have sustained us in the past, present and future. Should you wish to send something to honor Gwendolyn’s memory, in lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to either of two organizations that capture the spirit of her life and heart: MHMR Visions for Billy Gregory/Pine Street; online donations accepted at their website: and checks made out to “MHMR Visions for Billy Gregory/Pine Street” can be mailed to MHMR Visions, 3840 Hulen St., Suite 516, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. The second organization is: Youth First Texas, checks made out to “Youth First Texas” can be mailed to: Youth First Texas, Chapter, 3824 Cedar Springs Road, # 569, Dallas, Texas 75219. Survivors: Gwendolyn is survived by her loving family members: mother, Elizabeth Anderson of Fort Worth; father, Matthew D. Upchurch and wife, Jessica Hall Upchurch, of Fort Worth; sister, Evan Upchurch; brother, Matthew Maximillian Upchurch, both of Costa Rica; brothers, Clay Davis Upchurch and Benjamin Chiles Upchurch, both of Fort Worth; grandparents, Jeff and Vicky Bland of Fort Worth; grandfather, Jesse L. Upchurch of Fort Worth; aunts, Amelia Andrews and Christina Debona, both of Fort Worth; aunt and uncle, Dr. Gwendolyn and John Perrone of Taos N.M.; uncle and aunt, Kenneth and Vicki Upchurch of Snow Mass, Colo.; uncle and aunt, Jay and Jan Upchurch of Fort Worth; cousins, Corgan Andrews of Paradise, Tanner Andrews of Fort Worth, Christopher Davidson of Lexington,Ky., Jordan Debona of Panama City, Fla., and Jordan Upchurch of Fort Worth.

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Condolence Messages

  1. The Mark Brooks Family

    We are so sad for your loss. I have many memories of Gwendolyn as a young girl when we all lived in Mira Vista. She spent a lot of time at our home with our daughter Hallie. Gwendolyn was a precious child.
    We are praying that God will guide you through this difficult time and give you the strength that you will need now and in the days and years to come.

    The Mark Brooks Family, fort worth, TX

  2. Laura Sanderson

    Gwen you will be truly missed ? You touched my life and will never be forgotten ?

    Laura Sanderson, Godley, TX

  3. Cliff & Adrienne Dykes

    Cliff & I wish to express our condolences to all of those closest to Gwendolyn. God’s peace can all understanding.
    Cliff & Adrienne Dykes

    Cliff & Adrienne Dykes, McKinney, TX

  4. Edward and Pearl Brown

    Edward and Pearl Brown in Dallas send their sympathy and condolances for this sad and untimely loss of your daughter. We’re planing to attend the visitation. Our love to youi all.

  5. Hallie Brooks,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Gwendolyn as beautiful and hilarious! Sending many thoughts and prayers your way.

    Hallie Brooks, Fort Worth, TX

  6. Matthew, my thoughts are with you and your family at this time of great sadness.

    Jim LeCroy, Irving, TX

  7. Dear Mathew and Family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and
    your family.
    Joann Barnard

    Joann Barnard, Lexington, KY

  8. Sidney Calvert Ryan

    May God hold you as tenderly in His embrace as you once held your precious child. What a beautiful young lady she is. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Sidney Calvert Ryan, Decatur, TX

  9. Meri and Michael Stanley

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Meri and Michael Stanley

  10. My deepest condolances.
    John Vincent, Singapore

  11. Melanie Carter

    My deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Melanie Carter

  12. Lili and Menashe Dallal

    So very sorry for your lose,we will keep your family in our prayers.
    Remember that she will always be with you!
    Lili and Menashe Dallal, Los Angeles, CA

  13. I am sorry for your loss my prayers are with you. May God carry you through these hard times.
    Mike Cleere, Fort Worth, TX

  14. Johnny and sharon Fish

    Matthew, we are so sorry.
    Johnny and sharon Fish

  15. Liz,
    I am so saddened for you and your family. Gwendolyn provided so much joy to both Kathryn and I when needed. My heart aches for you. A truly beautiful woman gone way too soon.

  16. Matthew & Jessica,
    You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time.

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal” God Bless You.
    Tina Valdez, Ft. W, TX

  17. I Am So Sorry For Your Loss. Eddie Palmer

    Eddie Palmer, Fort Worth, TX

  18. Camille Barbosa

    Mr Matthew – I only worked there for a short time, but really enjoyed whenever Gwendolyn came to visit! She was like a breath of fresh air!

    Prayers for you and your family.

    Camille Barbosa

  19. Julie Sanderson

    Matthew, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Julie Sanderson, Fort Worth, TX

  20. The Kemege Family

    Vance and I were both saddened to hear that your beautiful daughter Gwendolyn has passed on. She will always live on in your hearts, may your memories of her bring much laughter, comfort and joy to you in the coming years. Blessings to all of you, you are in our prayers and thoughts.
    The Kemege Family, Seattle, WA

  21. Olvia Bernabei

    I just learned about Gwen. I wish I could have attended
    the service. I share your sorrow for the loss of such a lovely young woman. I know how much you loved her.
    Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
    Gwen is in my prayers and in my heart. Love

    Olvia Bernabei
    Oivia Bernabei, Fort Worth, TX

  22. Deborah Trevino

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers….may memories of all the good times shared live with you forever.

    Deborah Trevino

  23. Elizabeth Garvewy

    I will always remember Gwendolyn and the fun times she had with Richie. I pray that they are having fun times together in Heaven. I know the great sorrow and pain you are feeling having lost my beloved child too soon. Elizabeth Garvey
    elizabeth garvewy, texarkana, TX

  24. Sherry, Tad, Hannah, and Ryan Stripling

    So sorry to hear about this. Gwendolyn and Hannah played soccer, went to field hockey camp, and an American Idol concert tour for one of her birthdays in elementary and middle school, before we moved to Colorado. Our thoughts are with your family in this difficult time. I hope you find solace in the positive memories of her young life.
    Sherry, Tad, Hannah, and Ryan Stripling

  25. Danny Brosius

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
    Danny Brosius, Burleson, TX

  26. Chris & Jack Lanman

    Matthew and family, we share your grief for your beloved child and send our love and prayers your way.
    Chris & Jack Lanman, Burleson, TX

  27. Gwen was a beautiful person. She was sweet, and I remember the times when she was a supportive friend for my daughter, Erin. My heart goes out to all of you. Please know you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
    Kathleen Tice

  28. Shannon Stowell

    Just learned about your loss and am so sorry to hear it. Can’t imagine how you are feeling. You all will be in my prayers and thoughts. With love and care…..

  29. Sorry for your loss Elizabeth.

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