Victoria Upton, publisher and founder of Women’s LifeStyle Magazine, died of brain cancer on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at her home in Grand Rapids surrounded by family. She was 63.
Victoria founded Women’s LifeStyle Magazine in 1998 as a positive force to uplift women and enhance our community and our experiences within it. Through her publication, she was a passionate champion of the voiceless and elevated our untold stories into the spotlight.
Victoria was a woman of immeasurable gifts, one of which was to give of herself entirely to whomever or whatever she encountered. She was an ardent supporter of local and women-owned businesses, the arts and social equity; and fiercely dedicated to local institutions through her volunteer efforts and partnerships with the Community Media Center, Local First, ArtPrize, Spectrum Health Community Engagement, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, Gilda’s Club, American Heart Association, Grand JazzFest and many more. She was honored by numerous organizations, including the Van Andel Institute, the American Heart Association and the Grand Rapids Legacy Luncheon.
Through her robust vision, vigorous involvement and unfailing ability to carve the extraordinary out of the mundane, she was known as an insatiably positive and inimitable force of inspiration across West Michigan. Her boundless enthusiasm and support directly impacted many in the community. Victoria was fearless in her battle with cancer and persisted as a radiant beacon of optimism and joy during her darkest hours.
Women’s LifeStyle Magazine will continue to be published on a monthly basis.
As the community mourns this great loss, all are encouraged to join the hundreds who have paid tribute to Victoria on her Facebook page.
A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, September 12, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, the family visitation begins at 12 noon.
Contributions in memory of Victoria may be made to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids at gildasclubgr.org/donate-corporate-giving.
A live-stream of the service will be viewable at: westminstergr.org