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Elizabeth Tupman Deekens, American writer. Recipient numerous state and national writing awards.


Deekens, Elizabeth Tupman was born on August 25, 1926 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of William Spencer Tupman and Isabelle McNeil Roberts.


Student, George Washington University, 1945-1949.


Parish secretary All Souls Episcopal Church, Washington, 1951-1952. Washington correspondent The Living Church, Minneapolis, 1951-1952. Woman's editor Episcopal Churchnews, Richmond, Virginia, 1952-1957.

Member Episcopal Churchwomen Board, Diocese of Virginia, Richmond, 1968. Member Bishop's Liturgical Commission, Diocese of Virginia, 1975. Newsletter editor Vestry, Church of Epiphany, Richmond, 1974-1982.

Editor, layreader St. Martin's Church, Richmond, since 1983.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to magazines including Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, features to various newspapers.


Member publicity staff First Mills Godwin Gubernatorial Campaign, 1965. Vice president corporation communications Virginia Hospital Association, 1968-1988. Fellow American Society Hospital Marketing and Public Relations.

Member Virginia Hospital Marketing and Public Relations (a founder, board directors 1969-1988, treasurer 1975-1985), Richmond Public Relations Association (president 1983-1984), Virginia Press. Women, International Order of St. Luke the Physicians (secretary-treasurer 1989-1991, convener Richmond chapter 1996-1998), Stephen Minister Lay Pastoral Care Ministry.


Married William Carter Deekens, July 30, 1955 (deceased 1988). Children: Arthur Carter, Christine Deekens Old, Catherine Deekens Ward.

William Spencer Tupman

Isabelle McNeil Roberts

William Carter Deekens

Catherine Deekens Ward Deekens

Arthur Carter Deekens

Christine Deekens Old Deekens