Jane Shupe

Jane Shupe, 83, of Newport News passed away Sunday, August 28, 2022, in her home, surrounded by her family who knew her as a loving mother, grandmother (“Nanook”), sister, friend, and neighbor.

She is preceded in death by her husband Charles Bolen Shupe, of Newport News, her son-in-law Karim Lakhdari of Las Vegas, Nevada, her parents Robert David and Nelle Carr Little, and her brother George Robert Little of Johnson City Tennessee.  Also preceding her in death are two sisters-in-law Dorothy Shupe Ponder and Hazel Shupe, one niece Linda Shupe Horne, and one nephew Allen Shupe.

She is survived in life by four children Michele Shupe Lakhdari, Marie Shupe Ferguson (Colin), David Shupe, and Bonnie Shupe Marlowe (Andrew); ten grandchildren, Campbell Ferguson, Callie Ferguson, Casey Ferguson, Jack Marlowe, Daisy Marlowe, Colton Marlowe, Sawyer Marlowe, Harper Lakhdari, Nicholas Lakhdari, and Justin Thomas. Also surviving in life are two sisters Betsy Little Hodge (Marion) and Juanelle Little Lambert (Robert), one brother-in- law Gerald Shupe; four nieces Shelly Shupe Lamb, Lara Hodge, Leah Hodge, Molly Lambert Martin (Daniel), two nephews Doug Brock, Jacob Lambert, and four great nephews Andrew Hammonds, Dayton Martin, Dowson Martin, Grayson Martin and one great niece Haddie Martin.

Jane was a graduate of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. She was a reading specialist and the Supervisor of Reading for Hampton City Public Schools for many years. She also was a professor at Christopher Newport University. She was a faithful and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

A memorial service for Jane will be held Friday, September 2 at 9:00 a.m. in the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 902 Denbigh Boulevard, Newport News, Virginia.

At a private service in what she referred to as “God’s Country,” Jane will be laid to rest beside her husband Saturday morning in the cemetery of Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, Fries, Virginia.


  1. Jerry and Mimi Umphlett

    Jane will be missed by many. She had such a sweet spirit and was a good friend for years when we lived in Newport News. She loved her children and always wanted the best for them. Our prayers will be with the family for God’s comfort and peace. Wish we could be there for the service, but we now live in New Jersey. Our John will be especially saddened as David was his best friend growing up.

  2. Stephanie Kailos

    I was so very lucky to have Mrs Shupe as a second mom for my first 14 years of my life. Her house was the central meeting spot for the entire neighborhood of kids. I have 1970/80s Christmas arts and crafts I made with Mrs Shupe that bring out a Holiday smile every year. I will forever keep her memory in my heart. My deepest condolences go out to her four children and extended families.

  3. Ophelia Griggs

    Condolences, thoughts, and prayers to co-worker, Colin and his wife and the Shupe family. Strength, peace, and comfort during this time and the days ahead. Dr. Ophelia Griggs

  4. Janet Congdon Coon

    My sincere condolences to all of Jane’s family and friends as you grieve her loss. As a neighbor and good friend she meant so very much to our Congdon family. When our mother got older she was there as a loving neighbor and good friend who watched the musical talent shows with Mom or took her to the emergency room if needed.
    Of course they could always spend hours talking about their old days teaching. For all of the moments and family experiences that they were there for each other, my sister and I are grateful for their lovely friendship.

  5. Bob Thomson

    My wife and I attended Sister Shupe’s services today to represent my Mom that passed away 2 decades ago. My Mom was bedridden for over 2 years prior to her passing and Sister Shupe would stop by weekly to visit with her. What a Christ like person and good friend to my Mom.

  6. Mason Wilson

    I was fortunate to have Jane Shupe as my supervising professor at CNU. She was an awesome person and instructor. Rest in peace my friend.

  7. Cary Morton Prince

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Shupe family during this difficult time. & I always remember that you made the best peanut butter cookies, ever!

  8. Betty Schwartzkopf

    As a long-time neighbor and a godmother to my oldest grandchild she will be missed. My daughter practically lived at her house and grew up with Michelle. So sorry.

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