Bernice Louise Finley |

Bernice Louise Finley

Craig resident Bernice Louise Finley died Nov. 3, 2002, at Valley View Manor. She was 86.

Finley was born Feb. 12, 1916, in Cortez, Colo., to Henry and Sarah (Goff) Hucke. She was raised and attended school in Cortez.

In 1935, she married William A. Blank in Durango, Colo., and to this union, twins, Evelyn and Ed, were born.

Her husband died 10 days following the birth of the children and Finley had to move back to Cortez to be near her mother because she lost her sight during childbirth. Her sight returned in a few months, and after spending several years in Cortez, Finley moved to Denver.

While in Denver, she met Donald Clapham and they were married in Cheyenne, Wyo., but made their home in Denver and then California. Following Clapham’s death in 1945, Finley again moved back to Cortez where she met and eventually married Roy G. Finley in 1949.

They lived in Cortez and were dryland farmers for many years. They moved to Montrose in 1960 and in 1976, to Bullhead City, Ariz. Her husband died there in 1987 and in 1992, Finley moved to Craig where she has resided since.

Finley worked in a five and dime store and for many years was a clerk at Safeway in Cortez and Farmington. She enjoyed knitting and fishing.

Finley is survived by her daughter, Evelyn L. (Frank) Fury, of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; son, Ed (Orah) Blank, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Reniece, Beverly, Linda, Larry, Karel and Sharon; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Eugene, Louis and Leston and her husbands, William Blank, Donald Clapham and Roy G. Finley.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain States Children’s Home in Longmont, Colo., in care of Grant Mortuary.

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