Mary Finney

May 9, 1937 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old


Mary Finney of Santa Fe, New Mexico passed away Saturday September 23, 2023. Mary was born in Camden AR during the summer of 1937 to Mary and W.A. Red Daniel. Mary was known to family and friends as Sissy and was the oldest sister to siblings Dennis, Dan, and Margaret. Mary attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur Georgia achieving her BA. Mary moved to San Francisco CA where she worked as a flight attendant for TWA. She met her love James H. Finney who was a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Stationed at Travis Airbase just east of San Francisco. Jim and Mary wed in Camden Arkansas in August of 1963 then moved to Santa Fe New Mexico. After building their home in the Casa Solana neighborhood Mary and Jim started their family with the birth of daughter Britten in 1965 and son Gardner the following year. Mary became an elementary school teacher starting in Tesuque Village and retiring in the mid 1990’s from Pinon Elementary. While teaching, Mary earned a MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe. Mary was delighted when Luke Vargas was born to her daughter Britten and Steve Vargas. Mary was also happy to greet 4 great grandchildren born to grandson Luke and his sweetheart Ynez Salazar ( Sons; Steel, Coal, Titus, and daughter, Rubysky).

Mary is preceded in death by her husband Jim and her daughter Britten.

Family and friends will honor Mary’s life on October 10, 2023, at 10:15am  at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. After a brief service and farewells from her loved ones we will meet at the First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Avenue) where all are welcome, to remember her life.


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