|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1918|
|Death: ||May 23, 2008|
Katherine Eugenia Finley passed away Friday, May 23, 2008, at a local retirement center. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening, at Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco.Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum with the Rev. Stephen Ramsdell officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park.
Katherine Eugenia Green was born in San Antonio, Texas, to the late Eugene Edward Green, Jr. and Hallie Margaret (Coates) Green. At birth, she weighed 3 lbs. and was 11 inches long. She was placed in a shoebox heated by a light bulb. As a child, she was very close to her great-grandfather, Ed J.L. Green, who was an early settler and bank president in San Marcos. Katherine moved with her parents to Waco in 1924. She attended Provident Heights and Sanger Avenue Elementary schools, West Junior and graduated from Waco High School in 1936. She took dance lessons from the Hoffmanette sisters and performed at the Cotton Palace. She began college in Denton, before transferring to Southwestern University in Georgetown. Her first job was recreation director for the city of Tyler. She married Marion Smith Finley on Aug. 31, 1941. They moved to San Antonio, where he worked on aircraft used during World War II. A transfer brought them back to Waco. During the war years, Katherine drove trucks for the Motor Pool at Blackland Army Airbase. Following the war, she attended 4C College and worked in the Camp Fire Girls office. She drew plans for homes Marion built as a contractor and was bookkeeper for their business, Brake & Clutch Supply, from 1956 until retirement in 1980. They celebrated 50 years of marriage on Aug. 31, 1991. They were members of First United Methodist Church of Waco.
Katherine was an avid bowler until 2000, winning many trophies through the years. Katherine and Marion were founding members of the Waco Chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club of America. In 1958 she drove their 1913 Rambler to Mineral Wells for the Texas Tour. She collected antique clothes and dressed her family in clothing appropriate for the various antique cars they owned. She compiled a book of clothing styles for use by other antique car collectors. Katherine was very interested in the genealogy of each branch of the family tree - Finley, Smith, Green, Coates and Randle. Her research provides valuable information to her descendants.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion.
Survivors include sons, Richard E. Finley and wife, Janette, of China Spring, and Thomas W. Finley, of Loveland, Colo.; daughter, Linda Carol and husband, Billy R. Duke, of Bruceville; granddaughters, Shari Lofgren and husband, Kevin and Erica Manias and husband, Pete, both of Frisco, Texas; great-grandchildren, Minas and Anastasia Manias and Finley Claire; niece, Sharon Boynton, of Houston; nephew, Wayne Finley, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and great-nephews, Dr. Jim Boynton, of Houston, and John and Taylor Finley, of Oregon.
Waco Tribune-Herald: 5/24/2008 - 5/25/2008...Y2
Marion Smith Finley (1915 - 2001)*
Waco Memorial Park
Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: May 24, 2008
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