Elmira P Finken

February 18, 1930April 20, 2018

Elmira P Finken, 88, passed away on April 20, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. She was born February 18, 1930, in Liberty, Texas, the daughter of the late Jessie and Wallace Phillips. She graduated from Southern Methodist University and received a Masters in English from the University of Houston.

Elmira married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Finken, in 1954. Elmira and Bob lived on five continents during his employment with Phillips Petroleum while raising their three sons. Elmira’s love of travel extended to 70 countries. She loved to learn and be immersed in other cultures. They choose to retire in Lakeway, TX and later moved to Coppell, TX to be close to their family.

Her life was lived to the fullest. She was a great scholar of God’s word. She enjoyed sharing and discussing this knowledge with others. Elmira was also very active in the communities she lived in. She taught school, was a school board member, an avid entertainer, active Chi Omega alumni and served on many other committees and boards. She loved attending book club at the First United Methodist Church of Coppell, spending time with her fellow sisters in Christ. Elmira was a one-of-a-kind friend to many, she embraced relationships with her whole heart, always making time to listen and encourage others. She was also a lover of music especially classic hymns and played the organ and piano.

She is survived by her loving husband Bob: son, John of Dallas: son, Bobby and daughter-in-law, Rainie, of Coppell: son, Paul and daughter-in-law, Mary Beth, of Bentonville, Arkansas: grandchildren Andrew, Nick, Connor, Ally, Corinne, Madeline, Blake and Jenna: great-grand children Jack and Carter. Her brother James preceded Elmira in death. Elmira will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Coppell on April 28, 2018 at 2 pm.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 28, 2018

Elmira P Finken

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Lynn and Mike Dorn

April 27, 2018

I first met Elmira thru Lorrayne Donnell. Lorrayne noticed Elmira's shoes which led to conversations about Austin which led to Coppell which led to children. A friendship evolved between Evelyn Elwood, Lorrayne, Elmira and myself. We celebrated our birthdays at lunch. The first time Elmira drove, I was standing in my yard waving at her as she blew by my house like she was in the Indy 500. The second time she drove, we were headed for the Marriott at DFW and she had a new car. It was 100 outside and she didn't know how to use the air conditioner. Still going too fast, her head is at the dashboard trying to figure out the a/c system. It made me nervous. She shared that the first time she went to Bruno's in the Valley Ranch she thought it was a gay bar as the pictures in the entry were all men. She didn't realize the Cowboy's facility was so close. She made me laugh, she amazed me with her opinions. But in it all, she was fun and interesting. She will be missed. My condolences to the family. lynn dorn