Connie Finney

By Ellis Codjoe, September 30, 2019

Connie JoAnne Finney, 75, of Fairfield, IA passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon, IA with Pastors Mark Clark and Dave Albert officiating. Burial will be held in the Eldon Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be at the Living Hope Bible Church on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 beginning at noon with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions in Connie’s honor may be directed to the Living Hope Bible Church. Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Connie JoAnne Finney was born on August 9, 1944 in Ottumwa, IA to Ernest and Betty Collett Rash. She grew up in the Ottumwa area and attended Ottumwa Community Schools. Connie began working at an early age to help support her family and her two children, Larry and Michael. She balanced being a mom with working as a supervisor at a local factory. Connie’s path in life eventually led her to Wilson Finney. The two were married on December 29, 1985 in Ottumwa, IA, beginning a journey that would last over 30 years. Connie and Wilson moved to Fairfield when Wilson began Finney Industrial Painting and then Finney Auto Body. She worked with Wilson on the business, handling the secretarial work in the office. Connie loved the outdoors and the views that nature had to offer. She would even join Wilson on a fishing adventure from time to time. She liked listening to piano music and whenever she was given the chance, a good long talk on the phone with family or friends. Connie was a member of the Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon, IA, and cared deeply for her church and her church family. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend who will be deeply missed.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents, two siblings, Karla Palmer and Bill Rash, as well as a stepson, Edwin Finney and brother-in-law, Randy Mabeus.

Left to share her story is her loving husband, Wilson Finney of Fairfield, IA; two sons, Larry Sandford of Ottumwa, IA and Michael Sandford of Des Moines, IA; one daughter, Lynsey (Clinton McCarty) Finney of Fairfield, IA; three step-children, Lori Buerckley, William Finney, and Mike (Teresa) Finney; three grandchildren, Zachary (Jenna) Sandford, Haley Sandford and Ashlyn Kriger; eight step-grandchildren, Brandon, Brianna, Riley, Elizabeth, Clara, Kendra, Zoey, and Grace; five great grandchildren, Olivia, Owen, Delaney, Damian, and Kinley; three sisters, Pat (Wayne) VanDyne, Marsha Mabeus, and Cindy (Terry) Winters, as well as many extended family and friends.

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