January 20, 1956 ~ October 19, 2019
Marie A. Finley, 63 years old, Dumfries, Virginia, transitioned Saturday morning October 19, 2019, at home after a short illness. Marie was born in Lafayette, Alabama on January 20, 1956. After graduating college, Marie started as an intern with the Federal Government. Her distinguished civil service career that spanned more than 37 years. She received a Meritorious Civil Service Medal for exceptional performance while serving as Acquisition Manager for the Defense, Communications and Army Transmission Systems Program Office from 2002 to 2019. Throughout her career, Marie received numerous accolades, certificates and awards of excellence for her service, commitment and dedication to the organization, Army, and more importantly to the soldiers and civilians she supported.
Marie graduated with honors from LaFayette High School, top ten in her class. She was in the Beta, Librarian, Math, and Science clubs, a member of Student Council and Future Homemakers of America. As a result of her academic merits, she was nominated for Who’s Who Among America High School Students and received an academic scholarship to Alabama A&M University in Huntsville. Marie maintained a 4.0 average, graduating with honors in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education-English.
Marie was kind, soft-spoken and cared about what was important, especially her family; she wanted her family to always stay close. Marie worked hard at accomplishing her successes, and she did it with humility, grace, and class. She didn’t mind helping anyone and often putting the needs of others before herself. Marie was meticulous in her work ethic and support of others. She ensured every piece of information she provided to anyone was correct, completed and comprehended.
Marie will be remembered for her trademark sense of humor, quick wit, spirit of adventure, and jovial attitude. Among her interests were interior decorating, furniture reupholstery and cooking. Her favorite color was sky blue, she loved the Motown oldies, and her favorite dance was the Mashed Potato. Tamela Mann’s gospel song, Take Me to the King, touched her soul.
“Take me to the King
I don't have much to bring
My heart's torn to pieces
It's my offering
Lay me at the throne
Leave me there alone
To gaze upon Your glory
And sing to You this song”
She leaves to cherish her memories: her mother, Susie B. White of Lanett, AL, great-aunt, Betty Scott King of Beulah, AL; four sisters: Susie Ann (Terry) Gunn of Opelika, AL, Linda Jennings of Valley, AL, Janice (Charles) Moffett of Opelika, AL and Sharon (Roderick) Jones of Lanett, AL; four brothers: Jessie Jr. (Brenda) White of lanett AL, Darryl White of Lanett, AL, Stephen (LaKeeta) White of LaGrange, GA and Gregory (Pam) White of Newnan, AL; three aunts: Patricia (Warren) Dupree of Fair Oaks, CA, Gloria (Curtis) Calloway of LaFayette, AL, Theresia (Luther) Copeland of Marietta, GA; three uncles: James T. Finley, Jr. of LaFayette, AL, Bobby Finley of Lafayette, AL and William Finley of Opelika, AL as well as a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
A Celebration of Life is planned for November 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Valley Community Center, 130 Sportsplex Drive, Valley, Alabama 36854.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Christian Service Center, 5340 Cusseta Rd, Lanett, AL 36863.
Do Everything In Love.
1 Corinthians 16:14