Joanne Fincher Obituary

[ Joanne Grace Fincher "Abilene Reporter News" Obituary ]

Joanne Fincher, 60, first woman judge of Shackelford County, died in
her home Saturday evening.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Matthews Memorial
Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Scott Lucky, pastor, Wayne Chapman,
pastor of Maranatha Fellowship, and Dudley Hall of Euless,
officiating.

Burial will be in Albany Cemetery under the direction of Godfrey-Neese
Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fincher was born August 27, 1935, in Libertyville, Ill. She was
an athlete in Albany High School and attended Tarleton University,
Stephenville.

She married Ernest Dayle "Buddy" Fincher in 1954 in Albany. During his
23-year career in the Air Force, the family lived in Europe and
several cities in the United States, including Abilene.

In September, 1977, Mrs. Fincher was appointed Shackelford County
Judge. She was a member of the Maranatha Fellowship, Gideons
International Auxiliary, the Albany Study Club, Albany Garden Club,
Garden Gate Garden Club of Abilene, and was a docent at the Old Jail
Museum.

An avid bridge player, she was a Silver Life Master in the American
Contract Bridge League and a member of the Ft. Phantom bridge unit in
Abilene.

As a member of Gideons International Auxiliary, she was active in
scripture ministry placement in hospitals, scripture placement and
activities.

 Survivors include her husband of Albany, two sons and their wives,
Michael and Patty Fincher of Abilene, and Mitch and Pam Fincher of
Austin; mother, Dorothy Sievers and her husband Herb Sievers of
Albany; a brother and sister-in-law, Buddy and Michelle Sievers of
Arlington; and two grandchildren, Annagrace and Jeremiah Fincher of
Abilene.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence Winkler, Fred Bellah, John Walker, Gene
Cribbs, James Anshone and Tom Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be
Willard Carroll, I. Perry Evans, Dr. James Tucker, Howard Wilkins and
Jack Yates, all of Abilene.

Memorials are requested to be sent to the Gideons International, Box
1442, Breckenridge TX 76424 or Hospice of the Big Country, 3113 Oldham
Lane, Abilene TX. 79602.


[ Joanne Grace Fincher Albany News (Texas) Obituary ]

Joanne Fincher, 60, died in her home Saturday evening surrounded by
her family.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Matthews Memorial
Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Scott Lucky, pastor, Wayne Chapman,
pastor of Maranatha Fellowship, and Dudley Hall of Euless,
officiating.

Burial will be in Albany Cemetery under the direction of Godfrey-Neese
Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fincher was born August 27, 1935, in Libertyville, Ill. She was
an athlete in Albany High School and attended Tarleton University,
Stephenville.

She married Ernest Dayle "Buddy" Fincher in 1954 in Albany. During his
23-year career in the Air Force the family lived in Europe, several
cities in the United States, and finally returned to settle in Albany.

In 1977, Mrs. Fincher was the first woman to be appointed Shackelford
County Judge. She was a member of the Maranatha Fellowship, the Albany
Study Club, Albany Garden Club, Garden Gate Garden Club of Abilene,
and was a docent at the Old Jail Museum.  As a member of Gideons
International Auxiliary, she was active in scripture placement in
hospitals and other ministry activities.

An avid bridge player, Joanne was a Silver Life Master in the American
Contract Bridge League and a member of the Ft. Phantom bridge unit in
Abilene.

 Survivors include her husband of Albany, two sons and their wives,
Michael and Patty Fincher of Abilene, and Mitch and Pam Fincher of
Austin; mother, Dorothy Sievers and her husband Herb Sievers of
Albany; a brother and sister-in-law, Buddy and Michelle Sievers of
Arlington; and two grandchildren, Annagrace and Jeremiah Fincher of
Abilene.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence Winkler, Fred Bellah, John Walker, Gene
Cribbs, James Anshone and Tom Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be
Willard Carroll, I. Perry Evans, Dr. James Tucker, Howard Wilkins and
Jack Yates, all of Abilene.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the Gideons
International, Box 1442, Breckenridge TX 76424 or Hospice of the Big
Country, 3113 Oldham Lane, Abilene TX. 79602.

[       Joanne Grace Fincher Funeral Page   ]

We remember Joanne as a beautiful person and we are thankful for all
the beauty she brought into our lives.  She had an exceptional ability
to create beauty, reflected in her home and her nurturing of roses.
She enjoyed sharing her abilities by decorating for many community and
family occasions.

 As a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary, she was active in
scripture placement in hospitals and other ministry activities.  Many
will remember the beautiful centerpieces she designed for Gideon
banquets.

Her family referred to her as "the woman athlete of Albany" and she
retained that interest in sports most of her life.  Joanne enjoyed
water and snow skiing in addition to tennis; interests she passed on
to her children.

An avid bridge player, Joanne was a world class bridge player who
achieved a Silver Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League .
She enjoyed the game greatly and cherished the friendships she made
over the years of playing .

Her gift of hospitality was the essence of her personality.  She
always had a smile on her face and was willing to give help at any
given time to those that needed a friend.  She had the ability to
joyfully prepare meals for groups of people that her husband or
children would unexpectedly bring home.

The family and friends will miss Joanne 's kind and loving heart as
she completes her journey to Heaven.

The family requests that memorials be sent to Gideons International,
Box 1442, Breckenridge TX 76424 or Hospice of the Big Country, 3113
Oldham Lane, Abilene TX. 79602.

[ Joanne Grace Fincher Obituary Notes. ]

Joanne Fincher died in her home Saturday night surrounded by her
family.  She had been fighting cancer for two years.  
She is remembered for being a gracious hostess, and tasteful
decorator, and a woman who loved her family.  Joanne will be missed
immensely by her family and many friends.

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