Grace F. Upson Enjoyed Her Chilmark Summers

Grace Fisher Upson, a summer resident of Abel's Hill in Chilmark for more than 45 years, died on Friday, Sept. 12, at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Conn.

A longtime member of the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club, she enjoyed fishing, clamming, beach picnics and entertaining. A terrific tennis player at the age of 80, she could still intimidate opponents with a smattering of "Gracie Shots" from the net.

She is fondly remembered for organizing expeditions around the Island from Gay Head to Chappy, giving hitchhikers a ride and some free advice along the way.

She was an entertaining hostess, and Island residents and guests have everlasting memories of parties at "Upson Dunes."

She is survived by three sons, Terry, Tim and Dick, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Waterbury, Conn.