Joni Finch passed away in her home in Brookings, Or, following a battle with cancer.
She was born October 7, 1938 in Newport News Va. to Oliver Spencer McCay & Helen Hall McCay. She grew up and attended School in Newport News Va. and Los Angeles, Ca.
She moved to Brookings in 1985, worked at Alliance Fast Mart where she met and fell in love with the love of her life Allen Blaine Finch. The two were married in Reno, April 1990 surrounded by family and Reno Bowling League members. They were very avid bowlers! She enjoyed bowling all her life. She was very good & she loved it. Even when Azalea Lanes closed, she still tried a couple leagues in Crescent City.
Social butterfly, loved people, loved making them laugh with some joke & you better believe she still had jokes! Even more than that she loved singing. She sang in Piano bars in L.A., in grocery stores, elevators, Dr. offices, and most recently the ER staff with Elvis. Songbird could sing a song about anything & everything. Couldn’t remember much, but songs, music & lyrics never faded. “Without music, life would be an error.”
She worked many jobs; switchboard operator, L.A. Ca, Alliance Fastmart Mgr. Gold Coast Title., South Coast Lumber/Truck shop, Chetco Pharmacy. She also volunteered at Chetco Activity Center, Chamber of Commerce & Curry Health Network Auxiliary.
She is survived by; Toni Haworth- Sister Seal Beach Ca., Carol Marleen Torres- Daughter- Tujunga Ca., Julie Ann Wood- Daughter- Pasadena, Ca., Jennifer Natona Wood- Daughter- Brookings Or., Vanessa Kathrine Torres- Granddaughter- Chattanooga, Tn., Jessica Joanne Cooke- Granddaughter- Brookings Or., Leland Wallace Cooke-Grandson in law Brookings Or., Great Grandchildren, Ayden Byron Cooke, Tavyn Blaine Cooke, & Emeliyah Natona-Ann Cooke.
Nieces, Kenneth & Suzette, Sonny & Tamara, Joyce & Hal, and Christine & Paul. Many great nieces and nephews all of Idaho who loved their Aunt Joanne almost as much as she loved them.
Nephews & nieces Don Cook, Karen Ried, Joseph & Beth Cook, Gene Mitchell & Beautiful Amy– Many great nephews & nieces who loved their Aunt Jojo & she 22!
Preceded in death by; Oliver Spencer McCay-father, Helen Hall McCay-mother, The love of her life, Allen Blaine Finch, and most recently her twin brother John Spencer McCay.
Special thanks to Dr. McDougall, Tres, Stacy, Linda & the entire staff at M-Care. She loved you all & the care provided was above & beyond!
Also a special thanks to Hospice, especially Hospice nurse Shirley. She was an Angel.