Mildred Mary Finnesy, 84, of Paradise and Russell County, Kansas, died on Wednesday, June 08, 2016, at the Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood, Kansas.

Mildred was born on September 14, 1931, in the family home north of Russell, Kansas.  The daughter of John W. and Margaret E. (Stielow) Fuller.  She grew up in the Rural Russell, Kansas, area and graduated from Waldo High School in the class of 1949.  She graduated from Kansas State University in 1953, with a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics.  She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Joseph Patrick Finnesy on August 26, 1957, at the Episcopal Church in Hays, Kansas.  From this union Mildred and Joe were blessed with 2 daughters Kathleen and Karen.  During the first few years of marriage, she worked as a teacher in Inman and Natoma, Kansas, and taught Home Economics.  When she gave birth to her daughter Kathleen, she gave up teaching and decided to become a fulltime homemaker and farm wife.    She was a former member of the Russell St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church and was a member of the Paradise Dell E.H.U.  She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking and being a farm wife.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and close friends.

Surviving family include her husband Joseph P. Finnesy, of the home, daughters Kathleen Waitt and husband Jim of Great Bend, Kansas and Karen Polson and husband Brad of Manhattan, Kansas and a brother Stephen Fuller and wife Martha of College Station, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son.

A celebration of Mildred's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating.  Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from Noon to 8 P.M. on Thursday, June 09, 2016, at the mortuary with family to greet guests from 7 P.M. to 8 P.M. Thursday evening.  Memorials may be given to the Russell Regional Hospital and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral services.


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