Dorothy Bess Finley

08/29/1925 — 02/23/2013

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Madrid, Nebraska

Dorothy Bess Finley

Dorothy B. Finley, of Richland, Washington went to heaven Saturday February 23, 2013 after an extended illness.

Born in Madrid, Nebraska, August 29, 1925, to Minnie and Otto Selle, she moved to Denver Colorado when she was seven, graduated from East High School, and moved with her parents to Richland for her father's work with the Manhattan Project.

Dorothy was somewhat of a tomboy that enjoyed playing sandlot baseball while in Denver and playing women's league basketball in Richland. She liked sewing dresses for her nieces and their dolls, and later for her own children. Ever industrious and appreciative of fine dessert, she chose to work at the Creamery and Cress's department store chocolate shop in Denver, and later at the Twin City Creamery in Kennewick.

She met and married Charles Finley in 1945 and they enjoyed 67 years of marriage. Her love of people and natural ability to connect with anyone she met brought her to serve as a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Girl Scout Troup Leader, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society Patient Coordinator. She lived her faith through working as the church secretary at Central United Protestant Church, later as a Deacon for Westside Church, and as an active member of the Miriam Circle for 25 years. Her family was both her passion and her joy and she wove her life around those she loved.

She is survived by her husband, Charles, her son Kenneth and his wife Jennifer and their three children, Mary Alice Carlson JP, Catherine Denman Todd, and Gretchen Boyt Josh; and her daughter Pat Reich and husband Fred and their four children Chris Reich, Alyson Reich, Annette Barnes Brian, and Ehren Reich; they have seven great-grandchildren; and her brothers Dale Selle Lucy and Archie Selle Janet; the extended family is over 250 at last count.

The Memorial Service will be held at 5:00pm March 1st, 2013 at Westside Church, South Sanctuary.

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  • Dorothy was always a pleasant and friendly person, easy to laughter.

    She and Chuck were close friends with Evelyn and Hal Copeland. It was through them That I knew Dorothy. My sympathy to the family.

    Thelma Triplett
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, United, States
  • Dorothy was always a pleasant and friendly person, easy to laughter.

    She and Chuck were close friends with Evelyn and Hal Copeland. It was through them That I knew Dorothy. My sympathy to the family.

    Thelma Triplett
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, United, States