Virginia Finley, 95, of Marshall, MO, died Thursday, January 11, 2006, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2007, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Longwood Cemetery in Pettis County, MO. Memorials may be made to New Salem Baptist Church.
Born July 1, 1911, in Saline County, MO, on the Marshall Junction farm settled by her mother's family, she was the daughter of the late Jerome Younger and Sarah C. (Sally) Donnell Younger. She attended Forest Grove School #109 for grades 1 through 8, Longwood High School for two years and graduated from Marshall High School in 1930.
She started teaching school in 1931 after attending Central Missouri State Teacher's College in Warrensburg for one year. She continued attending college as well as teaching school and graduated from Central Missouri State Teachers College in 1936 with a B.S. degree in elementary education. In 1948 she obtained her M.A. degree from Columbia University in New York. Her teaching career began as she first taught at Oak Ridge Schools, in Concordia, MO from 1931 to 1934 then at Hazel Hill School, west of Rangeline Church in Pettis County from 1934 to 1939. She taught at Rock Creek Schools in Independence, MO from 1939 to 1941. She taught for six weeks at Eastwood School in Marshall. She then taught 2nd and 3rd grades at Carlisle Schools in Kansas City from 1941 to 1946 and taught 6th grade at Bristol School in Kansas City from 1946 to 1949.On July 10, 1949, she married York Benjamin Finley who preceded her in death on August 15, 1984. She returned to teaching after ten years and taught at Houstonia, MO as a substitute teacher in 1959. Then she taught at Hughesville, MO for two years where she was her daughter's second grade teacher. She taught 2nd, 5th and 6th grades at Sweet Springs, MO from 1962 until her retirement in 1976. She had lived in Saline County most of her life and was a member of New Salem Baptist Church where she had been a charter member since 1935 and had been clerk, GA director, pianist, Sunday School teacher and WMU president. She was also a member of Patsy Gregg Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Saline County Retired Teacher's Association.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Lou Ruester of Blue Springs, MO; two grandchildren, Franklin Jerome Ruester and Leslie Kathleen Ruester; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter in infancy, Brenda Kay Finley; and two brothers, Charles Younger and Robert Younger.
Additional information provided per family recompense.