MaryLou Finlayson

MaryLou Finlayson

Tuesday, July 28th, 1925 Saturday, December 14th, 2019

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Obituary for MaryLou K. Finlayson

MaryLou Keener Finlayson, 94, of Garden Spot Village, New Holland PA died on Saturday, December 14, 2019 while her three daughters sang her home.

MaryLou was the wife of the late Kier M. Finlayson. She grew up in Berea, KY, the daughter of the late Orrin L Keener and Mary A Wiles Keener. She was a 1947 graduate of Berea College with a B.S. in Biology and received her M.A. in Physical Education from the University of Iowa.

Before she was married, MaryLou taught in her chosen field of Physical Education at the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks), the University of Missouri (Columbia), and Upsala College (E. Orange, NJ). She met Kier Finlayson, a Boston native doing research at the University of Missouri. Kier and MaryLou were married at First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, PA on August 9, 1952, before settling in Horseheads, NY. Kier worked at Corning Glass Works and MaryLou focused on raising four daughters with stints as a Girl Scout Leader and water safety instructor. The family spent three years in Columbus OH before settling in Lancaster PA in 1968 as Kier took a job with RCA.

MaryLou's passion was playing her cello in quartets and orchestras in every city she lived in. Kier and MaryLou were enthusiastic square dancers and bridge players. MaryLou was an avid student. She attended classes at the Lancaster Theological Seminary and then graduated from the Willow Street VoTech as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked as an LPN for several years at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lancaster. She left nursing in 1986, but kept busy working as a teller at Dauphin Deposit bank and teaching swimming at Golden Meadows Swim Club. She retired in 1992.

MaryLou was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church and had been active in youth work in other churches in the area. Kier and MaryLou moved to Garden Spot Village in 2000. MaryLou served on the Residents' Council, headed up a Red Hat women's group and enjoyed playing bridge and Mah Jongg.

MaryLou is survived by three daughters: Jeanne, wife of Ted Finlayson-Schueler (Syracuse, NY); Janet, wife of the late Thomas Cates (Newark, DE); and Nora, wife of James Mearns (Villanova, PA); as well as nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, her older sister Carolyn Howard (Sunbury OH) and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kier (2015); her oldest daughter, Cherry (1992); her brother Curtis Keener (2005, Mt. Vernon OH) and her younger sister Marjorie Nelson (2014, Seattle, WA).

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, December 21 at 11am in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA 17557 with the family receiving friends and relatives afterwards. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Berea College (Berea, KY), Alice Lloyd College (Pippa Passes, KY), or Hospice and Community Care (Lancaster, PA).

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    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 |
    Garden Spot Village Chapel
    433 S. Kinzer Ave.
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    Saturday, December 21st, 2019
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Garden Spot Village Chapel
    433 S. Kinzer Ave.
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    Saturday, December 21st, 2019
    Chester Yoder
  • Interment

    Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery
    Lincoln Hwy & Greenfield Rd.
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Mary Anne Duffy

Children & grandchildren of Mary Lou & Kier.
I am retired Dr. Mary Anne Duffy. I first met Mary Lou & Kier in my chiropractic office in Lancaster. Your family was going through the lose of Cherry at the time. We got to know each other emotionally very quick.
I am forever grateful to their wisdom and guidance over 2 decades. I never did hear her play cello. But Mary Lou shared every possible word of wisdom during our short visits. And after Kier passed when I would visit @ GSV.
May the peace, comfort of your faith keep their memories alive.

God Bless you.
Dr Duffy
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Dear Jeanne and family--our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We send you thoughts of comfort and our sincere sympathy.
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Carol Finlayson

So sorry to hear of her passing. Carol Finlayson (daughter of Kier's cousin Mel)
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Joyce W. Bohn

Dear Finlayson Family,
Even though I have not been in touch for many years, I extend my sympathy to you in the passing of Mary Lpu! In the 1970's at Lancaster Cgh. of. the Breth, I was co-teaching a College and Career Class. I learned to know Sherry, Mary Lou and Kier then. My husband and I were also part of a square dance club in Leola (?) with Mary Lou and Kier. It was very sad to learn of Sherry's early passing. I talked with Mary Lou at that time and also expressed sympathy when I learned of Kier's death.
Please accept my sympathy now in the passing of Mary Lou. She impacted many lives! I was privileged to know her.
Sincerely, Joyce Bohn
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