Jean Bernice Finley, 92, of Ramsey, Illinois, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021, surrounded by her family, at Heritage Manor in Pana, IL.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Miller Funeral Home, Ramsey, IL with Pastor Joe Lawson officiating. Burial will follow at Ramsey Cemetery, Ramsey, IL. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 2, 2021, 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials: Fayette County Health Department Home Health, Vandalia, IL; Union Christian Church, rural Ramsey, IL and/or Ramsey Christian Church, Ramsey, IL. Miller Funeral Home, Ramsey, IL, is in charge of arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.millerfh.net.
She was born on March 8, 1929, in Carson Twp., Fayette County, IL, the daughter of William E. & Eva Donna (Depew) Carrell. She married Elbert M. Finley on November 29, 1947, Vandalia, IL, he passed away April 18, 1998. Mrs. Finley lived her entire life in Ramsey, IL. She was the first women elected to the Fayette County Board of Supervisors and was Chairperson for 4 of the 30 years she served; served on the CEFS Board of Directors from March 4, 1993, until July 2021, from 1995 to 2009 she was the CEFS 1st Vice Chairperson then from 2010 to 2021 she was the Chairperson; active member of the Fayette County Democrat Committee; Fayette County Democrat Committee Woman President for 20 plus years; served on the Ramsey Township Board of Trustee’s for 20 years; and served on the Soil and Water Committee for many years. Jean will be remembered for her dedication to the citizens of Fayette County and her family. She was a member of the Ramsey Christian Church and also attended the Ramsey Union Christian Church.
She is survived by: Sons - Ronald Finley & James Brown, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Gordon Finley & Diana, Ramsey, IL and Marshall Finley & Patti, Edgewood, IL; Daughter - Cheryl Ballard & Murel, Ramsey, IL; Daughter In-Law: Rose Finley; Grandchildren - Cheri Gelsinger & John; Malissa Amerman & Phil; Barbara Lawson & Mike Carter; Peggy Finley and Christopher Finley & Kendra; Great Grandchildren - Jordan Gelsinger; Jeffrey Gelsinger; Cheyenne Summers; Dustin Lawson & fiancée Justine Yates; Dalton Lawson; Emily Lawson; Hallie Finley & Dylan Shafer; Courtney Moore & Bobby;Tabitha Finley & Ryan Feezel; Zach Finley & fiancée Danielle Hill; Gabriel Finley; Melody Finley and Thomas Finley
Great Great Grandchildren: Bridget Moore; Liam Shafer; Aurora Feezel and Amelia Finley.
She is preceded in death by: Her Parents; Husband; Son- Elbert "Butch" Finley, Jr.; 3 Brothers- Neal, Keith and Gordon; and 1 Sister Shirley, at Infancy.
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