Celebrating the life of Faith Watson Finnemore
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Faith Watson Finnemore passed away on April 12, 2017. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way in Ames. The family will receive friends at a reception afterwards.
Faith was born May 13, 1934, in Tionesta, Pennsylvania, to Frank Leon Watson and Wilda Merryman Watson. She earned a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Home Economics, and an M.S. in Food Science from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Faith married Douglas Kirby Finnemore on June 16, 1956, and the couple moved to Champaign, Illinois, then Ames, Iowa. She will be missed by Douglas and their three daughters: Martha Gail Finnemore (m. David Furth), Susan Finnemore Brennan (m. Matthew Brennan) and Sara Lynn Finnemore (m. Heather Harlow); as well as four grandchildren: Andrew Douglas Furth, Emma Jane Furth, Catherine Faith Brennan, and Christopher Robert Brennan. She is also survived by a sister, Betty Nicholson, a brother, James Watson (m. Ruth) and a sister-in-law, Helen Watson. Two brothers have passed away, Lin Watson and Willard Watson.
Faith was active in her community in numerous ways. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Open Line, Suited for Work and the Democratic Party of Iowa. During the 1970s, she was a faculty member in the Food and Nutrition Department in the College of Home Economics at Iowa State University. She was a docent at The Farm House and a Camp Fire leader. She participated in her church book group as well as Questers and P.E.O.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Faith’s name to the Northcrest Foundation, 1801 20th St., Ames, IA 50010.
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