In Memory of Mary Ellen Fincham

Mary Ellen Fincham
Mary Ellen Fincham
Born: August 21, 1932
Died: August 15, 2017
Age: 84
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Mary Ellen Fincham
August 21, 1932 - August 15, 2017
From: Eldridge, IA | Originally: Nevada, IA

Mary Ellen Fincham, age 84, of Eldridge and formerly of Nevada, died at her home on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Nevada, with Fr. Rick Dagit officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Gilbert.  Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary’s name may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1110 10th Street, Nevada, IA  50201.

Born August 21, 1932, in Nevada, Iowa, Mary Ellen (Corbin) Fincham was one of nine children born to Hugh and Emma (Wirth) Corbin.  Mary’s life was shaped by the deaths of both her parents as a young girl, her mother when she was 10 and her father at age 11.  As a result, Mary spent four years at St. Mary’s Orphanage in Dubuque and a year in foster care.  When her older sisters were able to secure housing in Nevada, Mary joined them, by then a sophomore in high school.  A year later, the family purchased a home in Davenport and reunited with their brothers.  Mary graduated from Davenport High School.

On June 7, 1951, Mary was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart from Nevada, Ronald Fincham.  They lived in Dubuque while Ron attended college, then moved to Davenport to be near family.  In 1964, they settled in Nevada and raised their four children, Rick, Rhonda, Paul, and Elizabeth.  Mary worked as a floral designer at Posegate’s Flowerette in Nevada for many years, retiring in 1988.

She was a faithful member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Nevada, where she participated in Altar Society, and also belonged to the Society of the Little Flower.  She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, was an avid reader, and in earlier years, made many happy memories square dancing, traveling, and golfing.  In 2010, she and Ron moved to Eldridge.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Ron; three children, Rick (Anne) Fincham of Newton, Rhonda (David) Stevenson of Goldfield, and Elizabeth “Betsy” (Kevin) Gibson of Ames; a daughter-in-law, Mary Fincham of Rockton, IL; nine grandchildren, Sara (Mark) Rooney of Story City, Nathan (Lizbeth) Stevenson of Ankeny, Emma Stevenson of Ankeny, Laura Stevenson of West Des Moines, Ryan Gibson of Des Moines, Matthew Gibson of Ames, Michelle Gibson of South Bend, IN, Dana Fincham and Corbin Fincham both of Rockton, IL; and five great-grandchildren, Samuel, Hope, Hattie, Hannagan, and William.  She is also survived by three brothers, Jack (Shirley) Corbin, Ronald (Helen Ann) Corbin, and Donald (Carol) Corbin, all of Davenport; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by a son, Paul; her parents; four brothers, Edward, Lawrence, Jerry, and Jimmy in infancy; and two sisters, Iona Ricketts and Rosella Schebler.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Mary and her family.


Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM
“To the whole family, but especially Rick and Rhonda, I am terribly sorry I won't be able to be there in person to share my condolences. I'll really miss the stories we could have told about each of us dating back to the first time I remember meeting you when I was about 4 years old. Seems like Mary has always been a part of my life, too. Ron, you had yourself a wonderful lady. My thoughts are with you all.”
- Ken Kuhn
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM
“So sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayer.”
- Donna Harold Elaine & Tylor
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM
“God has called home one of his special angels. I have such wonderful memories of Mary. She babysat me until I was old enough to stay home with my older brother and sister. Mary and Ron were like a second set of parents to me. I always thought the world of Mary. ”
- Kathy Johnson
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM
“My heart goes out to the family. I'm so sorry for the loss of Mary. She was a special lady and I have SO many great memories with your family. She will always hold a very SPECIAL spot in my heart. Hugs to you all.

Terry Smith Seibert”
- Terry Seibert
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM
“Ron and family,
Judi and I extend our deepest condolences to you and the family.
Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow.
May it bring you comfort that Mary is at Peace in God's hands.”
- Mark Settle
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:22 PM
“ I wanted to say a few words about Mary. I worked with her and Ron at Tipton's Pharmacy from 1971 to 1973/4. I was like every ones little pet. Both her and Ron worked there. Ron, Mary and I shared a lot of laughs while working there . She was really great to me, and really to everybody she met. She was like another mother to me while I worked there. I know she will be missed. God Speed Mary! Mike and Peggy Fitzgerald - New Lenox Illinois. ”
- Michael Fitzgerald
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:22 PM
“I am sorry to hear this news. If she was anything like her granddaughter, Sara, then I know she had a great life, filled with joy. I'm sure she had an abundant life. Please know I will be thinking of you. ”
- Terri Heisterkamp
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:22 PM
“So very sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed indeed.”
- Cali Smith
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:18 PM
“Words cannot express the loss that will be felt by so many. Mary was a bright light in my life since reuniting many years ago. I will always remember our camping trips that were made better with Mary there, the meals we shared, games we played and many laughs. R.I.P. Mary. Till we meet again.”
- Paula Strum
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:43 AM
“Heaven has another STAR, Mary, she was part of the Posegate's Floweret family for many years and was a happy part. Prayers to the family.”
- Wilma Posegate
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:43 AM
“Ron and I were NHS classmates, '50. I remember Mary Ellen vividly during high school years, always the friendly smile, popular gal. Ron, we are so sorry for your family loss. God bless you and family.
Hal & Joan Richardson”
- Hal Richardson
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:43 AM
“My heart aches for all of you. Mary was such a bright light in my Life! I am so thankful that she came back into my life. There will never be another like her. Please know my prayers are for all of you.

- Claudia McKim
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
11:00 a.m.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, Iowa


Fr. Rick Dagit


Nathan Stevenson
Ryan Gibson
Matthew Gibson
Corbin Fincham
Samuel Cupps
Michelle Gibson
Emma Stevenson
Laura Stevenson

David Stevenson
Kevin Gibson
Barrie Ricketts
Jeff Corbin
Ron Corbin
Don Corbin
Jack Corbin


Saturday, August 19, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, Iowa


St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Cemetery
Rural Gilbert, Iowa