Josephine Finlay

Josephine Della Finlay

Saturday, April 5th, 1924 - Saturday, February 13th, 2021
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Finlay, Josephine (Phea) Della
Josephine passed away on February 13, 2021, age 96. Born in Hebron, Yarmouth County, she was a daughter of Glindon & Stella (Luker) Moses. She is survived by her daughters, Gayle (Gary) Williams of South Ohio, and Meredith (Glen) Hazelton of Deerfield. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Robert (Erin) Williams, Dylan Goodwin, and Ashley (Cody) Goodwin; great-grandchildren, Morgan Williams, Ty Williams, and Sebastian Bethune; as well as several nieces and nephews. Other than her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert John Finlay (2004). They celebrated their 60th Anniversary in June 2003. She was also predeceased by brothers, Lloyd (Dorothy) Moses, Vernon (Agnes) Moses, and sisters, Muriel (Forrest) Bain, Ruth (Ronald) Smith, and her twin sister, Rosaline (Stephen) Whitehouse. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In her younger years she was active in many community and church activities such as the Women's Institute, Kitchen Ministry, and Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed hosting special family occasions and her favourite past-times were baking and reading. For the last 3 years, she lived at Vancouver Place, Yarmouth, and the family wishes to thank Ewa and the special girls who work there for their wonderful care and always going above and beyond. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. Visitation will be from 1 — 2 pm, Wednesday, February 17th, Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 pm., both in the Sweeny’s Funeral Home Chapel, COVID 19 protocols will be in place. (service will be live streamed on the Sweeny’s Funeral Home website.) Interment will be at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church or a charity of your choice. Family flowers only. Online condolences may be sent to: or sign the guest book online at:

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 2:00pm
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    567 Main Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Johnathan Cann
  • Interment

    Pleasant Valley , Yarmouth Co
    Pleasant Valley , NS
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Veralyn Bonnar

Posted at 10:32am
Gayle and family. My mother, Joyce C. Rogers, and I want to send our sincere condolences
on the loss of your mother. We will miss seeing her with you at a favourite restaurant.

Joy goudey

Posted at 12:24pm
Gayle and Meredith remember wonderful times we spent together bowling and just spending time with your mom and dad. Last time I visited with her we chatted about old times. You will certainly miss her. Joyce goude

Gayle Williams Posted at 06:23pm

Thanks, Joyce - many happy memories !

Sharon Wood

Posted at 11:12am
Dear Gayle, Gary and family,

My mum, Rebecca and I are so very sorry for your loss. We all have very fond memories of visiting your mom. Rebecca particularly remembers having fun swimming in the pool with Morgan across from the Red & White store, while you and your mom chatted and sat outside her apartment. I very much enjoyed visiting your mom and listening to the stories she would regale me with, struggling to leave as she never wanted me to go :) My mum talks fondly about your mom's potluck supper delights at your house and how she never left your dad's side. We are all thinking of you and send you love and hugs at this sad time. XOXO

Gayle Williams Posted at 10:15am

Thank you, Sharon, Sandra & Rebecca for your kind words.

Louise Gray

Posted at 10:47am
To Gail, Meredith and extended family. We will always have fond memories of Josephine as our neighbor. We will especially remember the unforgettable relationship she had with the flocks of geese who would congregate on her lawn. Her laughter and witty personality will be part of her wonderful legacy. With Care Steven, Louise and Hunnah.

Gayle Williams Posted at 10:16am

Thank you to my mother's good neighbors.

Carol & Curtis Purdy ( Arcadia )

Posted at 06:30am
Gayle,please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your have great memories to cherish for ever,thinking of you & Gary at this sad time.

Gayle Williams Posted at 10:17am

Thanks to both of you.

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