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Georgia Finney, 93

March 25, 2014

Georgia Edna Finney, 93 years old of St. Joseph, Mo., died March 11, 2014, at Abbe Woods Nursing Home in St. Joseph.
Georgia was born Sept. 21, 1920, at Ashby. She was the oldest of four children born to Ernest and Mary (Snyder) Prindle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Ray A. Gilbert and Gerald E. Finney; son Dale Ray; brothers, Walter (Jake) Prindle and Clifford R. Prindle; sister Opal A. Buechler; niece Ardith M. Peterson Reineke; step-grand daughter Joann Finney and step grandson Tad Finney.
Survivors include daughters Alberta (Bert) Morgan of Broken Bow, Janece Johnson of St. Joseph, Mo., and stepson Steve (Carmen) Finney of Broken Bow. Grand-children Dixie (Randy) Peterson of Broken Bow, Dian (Randy) Franzen of Broken Bow, Ray Johnson of St. Joseph, Mo.,, and Jalaina (Brandon) Kanatzar of St. Joseph, Mo., step-granddaughters Mary Afrank, of Papillion, Teresa Gallentine of West Des Moines, Iowa, Jackie Finney of Broken Bow and Shawna Behrends (Scott) of Broken Bow.
Georgia had 10 great-grandchildren, 13 step-great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, two nephews and five nieces plus a host of cousins and friends.
Georgia was born and spent the next 31 years of her life in the Sandhills of Nebraska. In 1951 she and husband Ray and daughters moved to Broken Bow. In 2010 she moved to St. Joseph, Mo., to live with her daughter, Janece, but due to illness was moved to a care center.
She worked at several area ranches in Cherry County, Nebr., as a cook for the ranch hands being only in her early teens. She took home correspondence through the University of Nebraska her freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school. As a senior she went to Kearney High School graduating in 1938.
After moving to Broken Bow, she waited tables in several cafes, a job she dearly loved. She was also a bookkeeper at J.M. McDonalds, Gambles and Arrow Motors. She and Ray owned Dreamland Steak-house for a time.
Georgia married Gerald Finney in 1972. Gerald passed away in 2002.
Georgia was a member of the First Christian Church in Broken Bow. Also a member of the DOES, Rebekahs, Eagles Auxiliary and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for many years.
Services were conducted March 17, 2014, at the First Christian Church in Broken Bow with Iverson Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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