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Elsie M. Finch

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Elsie May (Bates) Finch died Friday, November 8, 2013 at Island Terrace Nursing Home & Rehab in Lakeville after a courageous 13 year battle with metastatic breast cancer. Daughter of the late William Harvey Bates, Jr. and Grace Elizabeth (Marble) Lidi, Elsie was born January 19, 1927 in Brockton, grew up in the Marshalls Corner section of the City, and was educated in Brockton schools. She worked at the Brockton Gas Company plant while in high school, and then later as a Floor Lady at both Dartmouth Shoe and Commonwealth Shoe. She married her late husband, James L. "Pop" Finch of West Bridgewater in 1945, and they bought their first house in West Bridgewater in 1964. Elsie was an avid lifetime learner, and was rarely seen without a book or crossword puzzle. She enjoyed trivia, history, politics, classic literature, and current events, and would require anyone who was at her house in the evening to stay and play Jeopardy with her when it came on TV. She had an amazing memory and the capacity to retain endless amounts and odd bits of knowledge. With her own unique sense of style and humor, she was a daily fixture on the corner stool of Donuts Deluxe in West Bridgewater, proudly holding court there for over 25 years enjoying lively conversations, jokes, debates, and sports chats (particularly the Red Sox) with owner Alfred and her ever-growing crowd of friends there. She loved her town, and was a mainstay at town meetings, summer gazebo concerts, Park Day, library lectures, church suppers and bazaars, and anywhere else that her little blue Toyota would carry her. She was an active and faithful member of West Bridgewater Baptist Church since 1970, where she enjoyed coordinating church newsletters, missionary news, and basically staying on top of virtually everyone and everything going on there. Elsie was also Vice President of the non-profit Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association in West Bridgewater as well as a lifetime member and part of the Executive Board of the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, a proud member of the National Rifle Association, and a life member of The Bates Family Association. Now reunited with her beloved husband James who predeceased her in November 2004, as well as her daughter Roberta J. (Finch) Fritz who died in November, 2003, Elsie leaves behind three children, James E. Finch Sr. of Middleboro, Jacqueline M. (Finch) (Sheehan) DiBlasio of Taunton, and Lauren A. (Finch) Delaney of Lakeville. Other survivors include a brother, Robert Bendell of Brockton; a step-sister Millie Blackmar of Rhode Island; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 6 great great-grandchildren; two cousins, Barbara Tillson of Raynham and James Wyman of Rhode Island, as well as many faithful friends. A memorial site has been created at www.ElsieFinch.Memory-of.com where the family would appreciate the sharing of your photos and stories. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 4-7 pm at the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 647 Main Street, Brockton MA. A celebration of Elsie's life will take place at 10 am on Thursday, November 14 at the West Bridgewater Baptist Church, 83 North Elm Street, West Bridgewater, followed by burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elsie's memory may be made to your choice of the favorites she personally supported--West Bridgewater Police & Fire Departments; Old Bridgewater Historical Society, or West Bridgewater Baptist Church. Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home 647 Main Street Brockton, MA 02301 (508) 586-4391

Published in The Enterprise on Nov. 12, 2013
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