Elizabeth “Libi” Jane Upshaw died on March 21, 2020 in the arms of her daughter, Mallory, and surrounded by loved ones at St. John Hospital in Tulsa. On that day in the ER, she was delighted by pictures of her freshly groomed “kids” (pomeranians), sneakily ate candy that the nurses said she couldn’t have, and fussed and giggled over her husband, Steve, watering the plants and doing the laundry at home. Just weeks before, her dad visited in a dream and asked her to come home to him in heaven, where she is with him now. Although she’s physically gone, she is watching over us all— most especially our hair. Don't you dare think about going to Supercuts for your next trim!
Libi loved reading hard copy books, playing piano, snuggling her pomeranians, growing plants, drinking coffee (even at bedtime), collecting glass shoes, daily phone calls with her daughter, relaxing on the back porch with her husband and most of all, cutting hair. When it came to hair styling, Libi was one of the best in the business for over 40 years. To say she loved what she did would be an understatement. Even when she was very ill, she never gave up hope that she would get back to her shop and to her people. She made a living doing hair but she truly made a life of loving and caring for each of her clients.
Libi is survived by her husband, Steve Upshaw; her daughter, Mallory Cantrell and husband Gabe; her step-children Stephanie Upshaw, Stevie Upshaw, Shelby Upshaw, Stacia Upshaw and Dennis Holcomb; mother, Nancy Baker; sisters, Lori Welte and Tracy Babcock and husband Terry; her grandchildren, Corban, Elissa, Ella and Emmie and her pomeranians, Drake and Rudy.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Locks of Love. Through the years, Libi enjoyed helping numerous clients cut their locks for donations. The day she learned that she would lose her hair while receiving chemotherapy is the only time she was shaken by her cancer diagnosis. Her bravery and strength were only superseded by her kind heart and giving nature. She would love knowing that a child in need of a wig was helped in her memory.