Christine Lawrence Finney
1968 - 2016
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Christine Lawrence Finney
SPARTANBURG, SC-- Christine Lawrence Finney, 47, wife of Claude Swanson 'Trey' Finney III, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
Born April 1, 1968, in Painesville, OH, and raised in Uniontown, PA, she was a daughter of Ronald and Margaret Elnikar Lawrence.
Christine graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design, and worked at Disney Feature Animation for 15 years where she worked on numerous short and featured films, such as Rescuers Down Under, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. In 2006, Christine and her husband Trey made Spartanburg their home and began traveling to paint the beautiful locations and to exhibit their fine art regionally.
Christine also loved taking annual trips with her sister Michele where she gathered inspiration for her work. Christine was a loving wife, devoted daughter, and a caring sister. She was an accomplished, beautiful person and artist whose kind spirit will always be remembered. Christine's smile was contagious and no matter where she was, she lit up the room with poise and grace. Christine will forever be missed but never forgotten.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Michele Hastings; mother-in-law, Marjorie C. Cannon; father-in-law, Claude S. Finney, Jr. and his wife Beth; Sister-in-law, Kathryn Finney White (David); a niece, Marjorie White; nephew, Grier White; and her Beagle dog, Bailey.
Christine was predeceased by her step father-in-law, Harold M. 'Sonny' Cannon.
A celebration of her life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at The Episcopal Church of the Advent.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spartanburg Humane Society, Attn: Memorials and Honors, 150 Dexter Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29303
The family is at the home, 649 Norwood St., Spartanburg, SC
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at
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& Crematory

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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2016.
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January 16, 2016
We're so sorry to hear of Christine's passing. We will always remember her when we look at her lovely painting in our ho
Bill /Bob Wilkinson/Bellinger
January 15, 2016
I am saddened to hear of Christine's passing. My memories of working at Disney would have been far lessened with out Christine in them.
Trey, you and your family are in my prayers.
Dan Riebold
January 14, 2016
Trey, I can only imagine the depth of your loss. Chris was a talented and luminous woman. Her smile and grace lit up the Florida studio. I hope in time your memories bring you peace.
My deepest sympathy,
Susan Gal
January 14, 2016
Trey, I can only imagine the depth of your loss. Chris was a talented & luminous woman. Her smile and grace lit up the Florida studio. I hope in time your memories bring you peace.
My deepest sympathies,
Susan Gal
January 13, 2016
Trey, So sorry for your loss!!! Prayers to you and all of your family!!
Terry Moore
January 13, 2016
Dear Christine, you were a rare and exotic flower. When you entered a room, we all felt inferior to your beauty, elegance and grace but at the same time, awed by it. I was also awed by your talent. It seemed like such an honor to actually know someone who had as much talent as you and Trey. All of our lives were made infinitely better by having viewed your beautiful paintings and for having known you. I know without a doubt that you are at peace now, Heaven's most luminous angel now. Fondly, your friend, Susan
Susan Plemmons
January 12, 2016
Trey, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Christine was special and will be missed.
We still have the scenery pictures she did when on our group trip to Costa Rica. We will always treasure them and her talent.
Michael & Elaine Turner
January 11, 2016
When I arrived at Disney I sat next to Christine. She proved to be a friend, a mentor and a leader to myself and others. We can only strive to repay what she gave. Her loss is immense. We hold you both in our hearts.
Kellie Lewis
January 11, 2016
I worked for Christine at two different studios and she always made me feel comfortable. She was sweet and kind. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.
Marge Roberts
January 11, 2016
Christine always had that smile on her face and she was always very kind. It was a privilege and an honor to not only work with Christine but to know her. My thoughts and prayers are with Trey and her family.
Anthony Michaels
January 11, 2016
Dear Trey, I am sorry that I only knew Christine through her art. You have my sincere sympathy.
Judy Sieg
January 11, 2016
You & Christine made me feel so welcomed in our neighborhood. You both went out of your way to stop & say hello & share a small chat & always smiling. My condolences to you as her beautiful smile & personality will be greatly missed by me & many others.
Terrie Mann
January 10, 2016
Jimmy and I send our deepest sympathy to you, Trey , and your whole family! I will always remember the gentleness and sweet spirit of Christine. What a beautiful smile she had which enveloped everyone she met with kindness. She always made me feel so special and her beautiful paintings were so inspiring to me. We will miss her greatly.
Dede Caughman
January 10, 2016
Dear Trey,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. It is my prayer that God will surround you with much love and a peace that passes all understanding. Christine will be greatly missed but she left us all with some wonderful memories.
Greg Hill
January 10, 2016
Dear Trey,

It was a pleasure having worked with Christine. I will never forget her contribution towards my success in animation at the Disney Studio. She was one of the kindest and most caring people I've ever known. I will be praying for you over these next few days, weeks and months that God would provide to you a peace that passes all understanding.
Greg Hill
January 10, 2016
I will always remember Christine with joy. She was the kindest, most patient and genuinely inspiring person to work for at the Florida studio, and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Ron Cohee
January 10, 2016
Dear Trey:
We are so sorry. This is such a huge loss that we can only understand with the help of our Lord in Heaven. She will live in our hearts and minds forever.
Elsa and Eddy Sesto
January 9, 2016
Our sincere thoughts and heartfelt wishes. We are so sorry for your loss. Remembering you and your family in prayer.
Keith and Lisa Cox
January 9, 2016
One of the most genuine human beings and beautiful hearts I've ever known. Stay strong old friend. Love always, Tony & Suzanne
January 9, 2016
Chris was a beautiful kind person an amazing artist and I count it a privilege to have worked with her. My prayers are with you at this very difficult hour. Know that you have friends all over that care and if you need anything we are here.
Derrick McKenzie
January 9, 2016
It is obvious that Christine is loved my many and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Tim David
January 9, 2016
Sorry for your loss. She won't be forgotten. Praying for the Finney\Lawrence families.
René Rockwell
January 9, 2016
Our sincere sympathy during this difficult time. Nothing but wonderful memories when thinking of Christine and all the great time we had together on so many projects. She was one of the best in everything. Hugs to you Trey and to Christine's family and yours. At your orders if you need anything.
Ruben Procopio and Family
January 9, 2016
My deepest sympathy to Christines entire family. May god keep them all in his hands during these trying days. Knowing Christine through her sister Michele all through elementary, junior high and high school brings back so many memories of a sweet intelligent girl. I have thought about Michele all day. My condolences to you all
Tina Cronin Swaney
January 9, 2016
Trey, Chris' spirit of love and sweetness will never be forgotten.I feel privileged to have known her. I remember as if it were yesterday, Christine's joy when she told me you and she were to be married. I'M so very happy that you both enjoyed a love that few know in this lifetime. Please know that you and your family are lifted up in prayer for the peace and comfort that only God can provide. Much love.
Annette Gayle
January 9, 2016
We are so sorry to hear the news. Our hearts goes out to you and your dear family Trey! We will be there in spirit and prayer tomorrow as the angels shine down on you all!

Love from The Edlunds!
Brooks, Rene, Jake and Reese
Brooks Edlund family
January 9, 2016
Aunt Mary Larence
January 9, 2016
Our hearts are broken but we have lasting memories of the beautiful, loving, caring girl and her wonderful smile and dimples. We can see her at Aunt Sophie's living room in Star Junction, at the Christmas Eve table at Aunt Mary's, at her gorgeous wedding, and at her fabulous drawing table at Disney. We are so happy for the times we shared and regret the time we missed. Lots of love to Trey, Margie, Ron, and Michele.
Eileen Larence
January 9, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Christine will be missed, but never forgotten. God bless you.
Mr. and Mrs. Juan M. Morales
January 9, 2016
Christine was the best boss in the world. She was sweet, talented, and loved by everyone. During all our years at WDWFAF, I had the honor and privilege of learning from her. She will be missed, but never forgotten. If we are shocked and saddened, it is hard to imagine your loss, Trey. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the Finney/Lawrence family.
Juan M. Morales
January 9, 2016
"ChefMel" done for me by Christine as a graduation present from high school. Hangs in my dining room today as one of my most prized possessions.
Melanie Bigelow
January 9, 2016
I've had the privilege of only brief moments painting with Christine & Trey in the mountains over the past few years and yet Christine was the type of person who made you feel as though you were her favorite friend. I cannot image the loss for those who have been blessed to know her in more intimate ways.
What a blessing to have been touched by this precious woman. What an incredible legacy of love & Grace she leaves with us all.
God bless you, Trey! Prayers for you and family.
Mary Hoffman
Mary Hoffman
January 9, 2016
My deepest sympathy to Christine's friends and family. I went to school with her and I remember her being such a genuine sweet person. Her art is amazing. May she rest in peace
Cindy Gerson
January 8, 2016
I'm so very sorry to hear about Christine. We went to school together she was always so sweet and had a beautiful smile she was so smart and very talented. My thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. Heaven gained a beautiful Angel -
Rachelle Martin
January 8, 2016
My heart is heavy for Trey and the family. I feel so blessed to have known Christine, she was a shining light with her constant smile and beautiful countenance. I will continue to pray for comfort for you all.
Emily Pettit
January 8, 2016
My deepest condolences to Christine's husband and family. I went to high school with her and she was such a sweet lady. Rest in peace dear friend.
Lana Domico
January 8, 2016
My deepest sympathy go out to Christine's family during this difficult time. I went to school with Christine and she was always very happy and sweet. Her love and talent for art was amazing.
Denise Slavic Stephens
January 8, 2016
Trey, So sad to hear about Christine. A sweet and very talented artist who always greeted everyone with a smile.
Guido Migiano
January 8, 2016
I met Christine when we both entered kindergarten together. She was one of my first childhood friends and I am terribly shocked and saddened by the news of her passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this incredibly difficult time. May God give you comfort in knowing that you all will see her again someday and strength to get through the grief and sorrow in the days ahead. Christine was a wonderful person and such a beautiful and talented lady. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Maureen Whiting-Johnston
January 8, 2016
So sad to hear of the loss of Christine. Always kind and beautiful with a smile that lit up the room. Sending my deepest sympathies.
Dan Becker
January 8, 2016
Insight, intellect, and joy made Christine a powerful force in this world, and I considered her an inspiring friend. I'm so glad to have known her, and I hope she has peace.
Cody H. Owens
January 8, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Geri Henderson
January 8, 2016
i was so sorry to learn of your wife's death. I,too, lost my spouse, and I'm going to ask God to wrap his loving arms around you and hold you tight so you have the strength to cope with this.

I have fond memories of having you and your sister in science class. I'm very proud of you and your art is beautiful. Art is a great avenue for healing.

Carlton Mulllinax
retired science teacher, who now paints!
January 8, 2016
Trey and family,
So very sad to hear about Christine. What a heart break for you all. You will be held up in our thoughts and hearts as you walk through the pain and sorrow. Stacy and Terry Barter
January 8, 2016
Christine was always so kind and friendly to all, and yes, what a great smile. Sorry for everyone's loss.
Lisa Reinert
January 8, 2016
Such very sad new, she was a lovely person. She was a very caring and gentle soul. I am so sorry for your loss.
Kelly Hayes
January 8, 2016
Our hearts and prayers are with you. What can you say? Trey, she such a great person and you guys were a perfect couple. Remember the good times.

Chuck and Kim Williams
Chuck William
January 8, 2016
Our hearts are broken, but rejoice in knowing this beautiful soul.. What a sweet person. So glad she was in our lives.
Peace and Love.. David and Judy Simpson
January 8, 2016
Words can not express my sorrow for all of the family enduring the loss of Christine. Our family is praying for God's Peace. May the love of your family surround you and give you comfort. We are here if you need us. The MacIntosh Family John Carolyn Jessica and Justin
Carolyn MacIntosh
January 8, 2016
This is just so sad. Trey, know that you are in our hearts at this most difficult time. I have always enjoyed the time spent with you two on countless painting trips. Just in October I remember how sweet Christine was about everything in Leiper's Fork. Rest in peace Christine, and know that we are here for you when you're ready Trey.
Rich Nelson
January 8, 2016
Offering our deepest sympathies during this time.
The Staff of Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home
January 7, 2016
Thanks for being such a pleasure to know, even for a short time.
Lee Crowe
January 7, 2016
Sweet Christine, your conversations, wonderful art and overall beauty will be tremendously missed. Much love and prayers to your family.
Abby Pace
January 7, 2016
I am saddened to hear of Christine's passing. She was a beautiful person in every sense and will be missed. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and her family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Katie Dobson Cundiff
Katie Cundiff
January 7, 2016
Christine was my boss on Disney's MULAN. She was incredible. Her patience was was infinite. She never gave up on me. She was one of my favorite people at our studio in Orlando. Words cannot express the sadness I feel at the loss of this friend. My prayers go out to Trey and her family. My sincere condolences.
Tom deRosier
January 7, 2016
So sad to hear of your tremendous loss. Christine was a sweet, beautiful lady and we know she is going to be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dee Beard Dean and Nick
January 7, 2016
Wishing you peace
Jennifer Holmes
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