Bonnie & Earl Updegrove

Earl David Updegrove

10/31/1919 - 9/30/1989

Along with his 8 siblings, Earl grew up in the coal mining town of Muir PA. His family ancestry is traceable back to central Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s. While the Updegrove name is associated with the Op den Graeff family who migrated from Germany in the late 1600’s to establish Germantown, PA, there is a question as to whether Earl’s family is of the same lineage. Earl was the only one of a set of triplets who survived birth. He was also the youngest of his siblings, being born 19 years after his oldest sister. Earl served 3 and a half years in the Army as a Technical Sergeant during WWII, about a year and a half spent in Europe. Without a high school degree, Earl spent his career working for the federal government, retiring in 1977 as the Budget Director for the Federal Maritime Commission. He was a lifelong artist and  musician.

Katherine “Bonnie” Graham Updegrove

11/13/1924 - 2/28/2016

Katherine Bondeena “Bonnie” Graham grew up in Hamilton/Purcellville VA. The ancestors of Bonnie’s father, Charles MacDonald Graham (Pops), spent several generations in southwest Virginia. Charles’ father, William Robert Graham, moved his family from Tazewell VA to Hamilton VA around 1904 when Charles was 7 years old. Bonnie’s mother, Kathleen Arnold (Granny), grew up near Lucketts VA. Her traceable family roots in Loudoun go back to the mid 1700’s. At age 16 Bonnie attended Madison College, followed by the Medical College of Virginia. She worked as an RN, mostly at Arlington Hospital, and retired as the Associate Director of Nursing. While her three boys were in grade school, Bonnie worked the “graveyard” shift in the Emergency Room and be home in time to see them off to school. Bonnie was a terrific cook and known for her hospitality and generosity, along with her outgoing personality. She did not have a shy bone in her.

“A Life Well Lived”, as shown at Bonnie’s Memorial Service.

Katherine “Bonnie” Graham Updegrove

Memorial Service

March 5, 2016