Josephine Finney Civic volunteer

October 29, 1990

A memorial service for Josephine Finney, a homemaker and civic volunteer, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Park and Lafayette avenues.

Mrs. Finney died Saturday afternoon at her Stevenson home of heart failure following a long bout with Parkinson's disease. She was 86.

The former Josephine Lurman Stewart was born in Baltimore, the oldest of four children of Redmond Conyingham Stewart and Katharine Small Stewart. She was raised in the Greenspring Valley and attended the Garrison Forest School.

In 1924, she married Dr. George G. Finney. The couple settled in Baltimore and raised four children.

Mrs. Finney did volunteer work for institutions including the Kernan Hospital, the Presbyterian Home in Towson and the Isabella McCosh Infirmary at Princeton University in New Jersey, where her husband was a trustee. She was a member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church for seven decades.

She was an avid gardener and a fine horsewoman. In her later years, she devoted much of her time to her extended family.

Her husband, a general surgeon at Union Memorial and Johns Hopkins hospitals, died in 1982. Her oldest son, Dr. George G. Finney Jr., a thoracic-vascular surgeon, died of a heart attack in 1975.

Mrs. Finney is survived by a daughter, Katharine Finney Baetjer of Stevenson; two sons, Jervis S. Finney of Stevenson and Redmond S. Finney of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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