Jo Ann Bland FINLEY(1941 - 2013)

FINLEY, Jo Ann Bland

Jo Ann Bland Finley was born May 19, 1941, in the old Seton Hospital. She lived her life in Austin, where she passed away October 21, 2013, at the age of 72.

Jo Ann is the daughter of Thurston Joseph "Joe" Bland and Kathryn Brown Bland and the sister of Kay Bland Oliver, all of whom predeceased her. She attended school at Wooldridge Elementary School, O'Henry Junior High School, and Austin High School. She pursued her higher education at Lindenwood University and The University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and she thrived and excelled in each role. Jo Ann was an active mother, serving as St. Austin's School room mother multiple times, Brownie troop leader, and school fund raiser for her children and others. She also served the community as a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the Junior League, the Settlement Club, and the Fleur de League. She made her home so welcoming and fun that extended family and friends often referred to it as Camp Jo Ann. She was always willing to extend a helping hand. Jo Ann's love for countless friends, neighbors, and family is beyond measure and she will be remembered most for her acts of kindness and the genuine delight of spending time with you.

Jo Ann is survived by her husband of 51 years Mark Finley, her daughters Jennifer Finley, Anna Finley Caulfield, Mary Finley Gill, her grandchildren MollyAnn Kathryn Caulfield, Michael Timothy Caulfield, Jr., Madelyn Finley Caulfield, and Gwendolyn Finley Gill, as well as her nieces and nephews Kathy Drake Snider, William Sherman Drake IV, Susan Drake Goodman, Rees Oliver III, Davis W. Finley, Timothy J. Finley, John D. Finley, Richard D. Finley, and by their much loved spouses and children.

Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, October 23rd, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas. A rosary will be recited at seven o'clock that evening.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at two o'clock on Thursday, October 24th, at St. Austin Catholic Church, 2026 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas. Parking is available in the Church's garage at 1900 San Antonio St, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Seton Fund (1201 W. 38th St, 78705), St. Austin's School (1905 San Antonio St, 78705), or St. Michael's Catholic Academy (3000 Barton Creek Blvd, 78735).

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2013