Carolyn Finch Ford

June 28, 1930June 5, 2021

Carolyn Finch Ford passed away peacefully on June 5, 2021, surrounded by her children and grandchildren following a brief illness.

Carolyn was born to Lewis and Isabelle East in Huntington, Indiana. Her family moved to Richmond, Indiana, where she later graduated from Richmond High School. She attended Indiana University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and met her first husband, Lewis C. Finch. They were married from 1952 until his death in 1984. They lived in North Manchester and Fort Wayne. Together, they established Finch Air Controls, Inc. and raised three children. In 1991, Carolyn married Henry W. Ford. They enjoyed 21 years together until his passing in 2014.

Carolyn was a jubilee member of First Presbyterian Church, an elder, and a founding member of “Table Talk” . She served as a school board member for SWAC schools, was a 19 year volunteer for Park Center, and a member of Kekionga Voyagers. Carolyn has been an active resident of the Towne House, Fort Wayne, IN. Her servant spirit followed her wherever she went. She shared her gifts and talents freely.

Carolyn is survived by her sister, Jane East (Stephen Wailes) Bloomington, IN., children; John L. Finch (Fort Wayne), Laura Finch-Baker (Jim) Anderson, Pete C. Finch (Julie), Cadillac, MI. also, Doug (Carol) Ford and Kristina Ford (Chuck Noerenberg), all of MN. Grandchildren; Zack Durnell (Kaylee) of Pendleton, Lewis Finch of Traverse City, MI, Trevor Finch of Fort Wayne, Aline Finch of Cadillac, MI, and Austin Baker of Anderson. Her two great-granddaughters are Ava and Oaklee.

A Celebration of Carolyn’s life will take place on Thursday, June 10th at First Presbyterian Church (300 West Wayne St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802) at 2:30 PM. The family will greet friends in the Narthex one hour before the service, and again immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to First Presbyterian Church (Ft. Wayne) or to Miniwanca Summer Seminar for Women ( Her remains will be interred at a later date at a family plot in Greenfield, IN.


  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Miniwanca Summer Seminar for Women


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, June 10, 2021


Carolyn Finch Ford

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Linn Bartling

June 10, 2021

Carolyn was a gracious and committed lady. I got to know her when I was Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church . I always enjoyed meeting her in the community and catching up on events in our lives. May God hold you and support you as you grieve your loss.

Trisha Renner

June 8, 2021

I was Carolynn's hair stylist at Townehouse for many years. I always enjoyed our time together in the salon. She always talked about her family whom she loved very much.. She was very special to me and I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers with the family. I was very blessed to have known Carolynn 🙏🏻