Elisabeth Finlay

Elisabeth Finlay

Birth
Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Death 19 Nov 1986 (aged 103)
Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 102737803 · View Source
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Miss Elisabeth Finlay, 103, of 305 Camden Road, Wadesboro, died Wednesday, November 19, 1986, in Anson County Hospital.
A native of Ayr, Scotland, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Ellen Harper Finlay and was born May 20, 1883.
Her funeral was held Thursday at 2:30 pm in Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Wadesboro, conducted by the Reverend Cliff McLeod, pastor of First Presbyterian Church where she was a member. Entombment followed in Anson Memorial Park mausoleum south of Wadesboro.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Margaret Mahan of St. Petersburg, FL and a number of nieces and nephews.

Miss Finlay immigrated to the United States when she was 14 years old, and, with her brother, was the first of the Finlay children and their parents to come to the United States. They first made their home in Portland, ME, but Miss Finlay went on to the University of Minnesota where she graduated in 1912. After graduation, she went to Washington, IA, where she was superintendent of the first county hospital in the United States and stayed there until 1916 when she went to a New York hospital for the years during World War I. After the war, she went to Lakeside Hospital in Chicago, IL, where she remained until she came to Anson County in the late 1920s.

She and the late Dr. Charles I. Allen of Wadesboro established and ran the Anson Sanitorium nursing school that trained 80 registered nurses during its existence. She remained associated with the Anson Sanitorium and the Anson County Hospital until 1954 and then went to Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, NC until 1959 when she retired and returned to Anson County.

Serving as pallbearers for the funeral were Tom Northrup, Dr. Robert Davis, Dr. Calvin Kubo, Paul Gray, Pickett Stanback, and Dr. W.J. McKinnon.

The family suggested that in lieu of flowers, memorials might be sent to Anson County Hospital in Wadesboro.


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  • Created by: P. Allen Gray, Jr.
  • Added: 28 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102737803
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elisabeth Finlay (20 May 1883–19 Nov 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102737803, citing Anson Memorial Park, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by P. Allen Gray, Jr. (contributor 47999911) .