Longtime Goodland, Kansas resident Nyla Jean Finley, 84, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Goodland Regional Medical Center.
She was born March 2, 1929, in Fremont, Nebraska, the daughter of Ruby Grace (Boulier) and Leslie Lloyd Smith. She graduated from Sherman Community High School with the class of 1946.
On September 14, 1946, she and Bill L. Finley were married and they made their home in Brewster. They raised their children in Brewster and owned their own business. They moved to Goodland in 1969 and Bill taught at the Northwest Kansas Vocational-Technical School.
She had worked for McDonald’s Department Store, and B-E’s Jewelry. Nyla was an active volunteer with the Goodland Regional Medical Center Auxiliary for over thirty-five years. She enjoyed having coffee with friends. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was proud of all of them. She leaves a legacy of love, a gift from our Lord and Savior.
Preceding her in death were her husband Bill L. Finley, who died January 4, 2003, her parents; and siblings Lewellan “Bub” Smith, Leslie “J.R.” Smith, Robert “Bob” Smith, Laura “Larrie” Peter, Shiela Stewart, and Arden “Ardie” Smith.
Surviving family includes her daughter Orcena Garwood and her husband Dan of Austin, Texas; her son Bill R. Finley and his wife Jackie of Goodland; five grandchildren Jason Finley and his wife Marci of Goodland; Jonathan Finley of Goodland; Don Doornbos and his wife Lynette of McCracken; Alisha Garwood of Rocklin, California; Nicole Craig and her husband Steve of Plano, Texas; ten great-grandchildren; and one sister Mona Lee Helfrich of Offerle.
The funeral will be Tuesday, March 19, at 10:00 AM MT, at Koons Chapel in Goodland, with Pastor Dustin Petz officiating. Burial will follow in the Goodland Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Monday, from 3:00 until 7:00 PM MT, at Koons Chapel in Goodland.
Memorials may be designated to Goodland Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, and may be left at or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555. Online condolences: www.koonsfuneralhome.com