Finnerty, Mary Sue
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59, of Phoenix slipped away on April 29, 2012. She is survived by her two sons Blake Thomson, 21, and Hunter Thomson, 25; she was extremely and appropriately proud of them and all their accomplishments. She is also survived by her beloved sisters Jane Pence (Tom) and Lori Basanez (Marc) and their children and grandchildren, her former husband David Thomson and his wife Brenda. She was predeceased by her parents, June Finnerty and Deane W. Finnerty, Ph.D. Mary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on December 24, 1952. She graduated from Minnetonka High School in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota (majoring in psychology), Boston University (master's in education) and the George Washington University National Law Center (J.D.) Her entire legal career was spent in municipal law. She was an Assistant City Attorney in Tucson from 1983 - 1987 and then she worked in the Civil Division of the City of Phoenix Law Department starting in 1987, where she rose to the rank of Assistant Chief Counsel. Mary was supremely warm and caring, a humble person with many close friends from her workplace and the community. Her goals were to raise her sons to be good people who make the world a better place, which has been accomplished already, and for herself to enjoy a long retirement of traveling and antiquing, which sadly is not to be. Mary supported the Arizona Humanities Council, Hospice of the Valley, cancer research, and public radio and television. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Monte Vista Room at the Heard Museum on Saturday, May 26 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 5, 2012