Mary Eloise Finney, age 92, died Friday afternoon, June 20, 2014, at the Sterling House of Dodge City, Kansas.
She was born October 3, 1921, in Meade, Kansas, the daughter of William Wallace and Amy Grace (Heady) Anshutz. As a young girl she attended the Meade school system, graduating from Meade High School in 1938. After her graduation, she went to work for the AAA in Beaver, Oklahoma, while making her home in Beaver for two years.
On August 28, 1940, she married Thomas Clinton Finney in Meade, Kansas. Upon their marriage, the couple moved to the Adam’s Ranch, north of Forgan, Oklahoma, where Mr. Finney worked as the ranch manager. They made their home there for twenty-eight years. Upon Mr. Adam’s death the ranch went through a transition and they moved to the ranch south of Plains, Kansas, where they made their home for twenty-eight years. On January 2, 1996, Thomas passed away. Upon the death of her husband, Mary moved to Dodge City, where she has made her home.
Through the years she was a homemaker and assister her husband in the daily duties of living on and maintaining a ranch.
She was a member of the St. Cornelius Episcopal Church, Dodge City; the Meade County Historical Society; and the Beaver County Historical Society. Mary enjoyed sewing and reading.
She is survived by:
A brother, George Anshutz of Harveyville, Kansas
Two granddaughters, May Marrs of Mulberry, Kansas and Sarah Befort of Hays, Kansas
Four grandchildren, Whitney, Tessa, Brooke, and Elijah Befort
A nephew, Braden Anshutz of Overbrook, Kansas
She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Clinton Finney; a son, Thomas Arthur Finney; a daughter Barbara Straub; a great-grandson, Brandon Marrs; and a niece Denise Anshutz.
Celebration of Life services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas. As Mary requested, cremation has taken place. Inurnment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to the Meade County Museum or the Beaver County Museum in care of the funeral home.