Sunday, March 29, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Mary Louise Finnin

By
June 23, 2011 |

Aug. 2, 1921 — June 11, 2011

Mary Louise Finnin died peacefully at the age of 89. She was born in Braddock, Pa., to John T. Finnin and Florence Kennedy Finnin. She had an older brother John “Jack” K. Finnin. Both Mary and Jack graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh in business administration. Jack attended as a matter of course, and Mary was able to attend at her mother’s insistence despite her father’s objections. Mary was one of the few women to earn a bachelor’s degree in business back in 1942 and her education would prove valuable to the family. In 1944, her brother Jack died of a bleeding ulcer, and in 1952 her father died in his sleep. As a result, Mary became the family bread winner and supported her mother Florence the rest of her life.

Mary began her career as an administrator for U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh but, shortly after her father died, she was able to transfer to the San Francisco office. Mary and her mother moved to an apartment on Russian Hill. As a very fashionable, tall and beautiful professional woman, Mary loved to dress well and always wore tall high-heeled shoes. Mary loved to tell the story of the comments she would get as she navigated the hills of San Francisco in her heels to catch the street cars on her way to and from work.

In 1967, upon returning from a trip, Mary’s mother said that a recruiter was desperately trying to get ahold of her to fill a position as an executive administrator for a firm in Los Angeles. While she had not heard much about the firm, they were very persistent and eventually convinced her to take the position and move to Santa Monica with her mother. Not being much of a movie fan did not prevent Mary from working until her retirement in 1991 for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While there, she worked with many celebrities including Gregory Peck and Karl Malden.

Mary enjoyed working, but her favorite activities were meeting her friends for shopping and lunch, visiting relatives and world travel. Mary traveled to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Oceania. Upon retirement, Mary worked as a docent at the then-brand-new Getty Museum.

While Mary never married or had children, she and her mother regularly visited her cousin’s families in California and Pennsylvania. All the children looked forward to the visits by their glamorous “Aunt Florence and Mary Louise” and their stories about the old days and Hollywood.

Mary is survived by her cousin James A. Kennedy and his family in Davis; the family of her deceased cousin Thomas C. Kennedy in the Washington, D.C., area; her cousins Tom Barry, Rita Barry, Mary Barry Dixon and family, and the family of her cousin Francis Barry, most of whom live in the Pittsburgh area. Mary also had numerous Finnin relatives who lived in the Pittsburgh area.

A funeral mass is planned at 10 a.m. Monday, June 27, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St., Davis, with a burial and celebration following. In remembrance of Mary Louise, she requested that donations be made to the National Cancer Coalition.

Comments

comments

Enterprise staff

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Where do Davis recyclables go?

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    UCD faculty receive lowest pay in the system

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1

    Motive for murder-suicide remains a mystery

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Davis sewage to get new digs

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

    Human Relations Commission hosts Chávez celebration

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

     
     
    Davis Flower Arrangers meet Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    ‘Music as Medicine’ is radio show topic

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Friendship the topic on radio program

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Forum

    These results were meaningless

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Survey not representative

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Answers on the green waste program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

     
    A phone call could have fixed this

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

    Milt Prigee cartoon

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

     
    Some ‘survey’ …

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Mayor’s corner: Looking ahead to spring

    By Dan Wolk | From Page: B5 | Gallery

     
    A Little Respect for Dr. Foster

    By Nicholas Kristof | From Page: B5

    Universities need more funding

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Father of the bride snubbed

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Which experiences count as ‘once in a lifetime’?

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A8

     
    After a month of no TV news, I’m feeling much better

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A8

    Take a hike for your heart

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Sports

    Republic stun Galaxy with repeated history

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Bad fourth quarter sinks boys lacrosse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Aggies’ walkoff win clinches series against Riverside

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie softball splits doubleheader

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Burns scores shootout winner to lift Sharks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    UCD women’s tennis dominates at home

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B10 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Millennials are changing our community

    By Rob White | From Page: A9

     
    With new owner, DAC will Get Fit

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Grant writing for non-profits workshop set

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, March 29, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8