MYRA LEE LUPTON

May 28, 1928 – March 31, 2019

A long time resident of Mercer Island, Myra passed away on March 31st at the age of 90. She was born in Garden City, Kansas to Cleve and Nellie Clark, the eldest of 3 siblings. The early years were punctuated by the Depression, the Dust Bowl and a serious medical condition. Myra Clark graduated from Rochester High School and then earned a BS in Zoology and a BA in English from the University of Washington. On Saint Patrick’s Day, 1950, she married Homer Lupton and they celebrated their 65th anniversary just prior to his death. Susan Lupton, their only child, is mother to her three beloved granddaughters, Catherine, Dianne and Elizabeth Rigby.

Innumerable students learned much while in Mrs. Lupton’s English classes at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. For 31 years, the very petite but formidable lady challenged her students to learn, think and write. In return, they were known to have shouted out ‘Mrs. Lupton’ in the most unexpected locations.

Active in the leadership of a number of organizations, she was a dedicated member of the League of Women Voters and Phi Beta Kappa for more than 50 years. Myra was very proud of her participation in the MI Youth and Family Services Foundation. She was also an ardent member of the Friends of Luther Burbank Park. In 2003, she was named the Mercer Island ‘Citizen of the Year’ for her years of advocacy for the common good in her community.

She will be missed by many as she was “much loved and much respected”. In remembering her, other friends have written, “truly one of a kind, intrepid, determined, outspoken and always kind”, “touched so many lives with her indomitable spirit”, “a voice of reason and civility”, “wonderful and gracious”, also very apt, “a force to be reckoned with”. The ultimate complement was “I wish there were a lot more Myras out there”.

From Myra’s years of civil engagement and activism comes her legacy to her communities, small and large. Retain public spaces for people not for private profit. Every vote matters. Help people in time of need but also nurture the soul through public access to education and the arts.

A Celebration of Myra’s Life will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 pm, Mercer Island Community & Event Center.

Contributions in her honor may be made to: Puget Sound Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, PSA-PBK, PO Box 15258, Seattle, WA 98115; League of Women Voters of Seattle and King County, LWV-SKC, 1511 3rd Ave, Suite 900, Seattle WA 98101; MI Youth and Family Services Foundation, 2040 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island WA 98040.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@mi-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.mi-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

[flipp]

More in Obituaries

Alice C. McIntyre | Obituary

Alice C. McIntyre | Obituary

Margaret “Peggy” Parietti | Obituary

Margaret “Peggy” Parietti | Obituary

Dean Bitney | Obituary

Longtime island resident, Dean Bitney, unexpectedly passed away on May 29. Dean… Continue reading

Evelyn Violet Reutimann 
Evelyn Violet Reutimann | Obituary

Born Evelyn Violet Iff in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 25, 1935 to… Continue reading

Janet Sterling
Janet H. Sterling | Obituary

Janet H. Sterling passed peacefully after a brief illness, still young at… Continue reading

Evea Lollie | Obituary

Evea Lollie passed away on Tuesday May 19th, 2020 at the age… Continue reading

VIOLET O. JESBERG

Violet O. Jesberg, of Mercer Island, died on February 28, 2020. She… Continue reading

JOHN GRAVES

John Graves, 92, a longtime resident of Longbranch, WA, and previously a… Continue reading

DAVID NEIL SYFERD

Dave Syferd was born on July 4, 1945, and died on February… Continue reading

Most Read