Anderson Funeral Home

40 North Main Street, Springboro, OH


Pauline Finley

June 26, 1926June 26, 2020
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Pauline Finley passed away June 26, 2020. She was born June 26, 1926 to the late John Savage Farley and Della Mae (Jackson) Farley.

She is preceded in death by her brother DC Farley and sister Opal Shirley.

She is survived by her brother Glenn Farley of Dayton and sister Geraldine Lee of Cookeville, Tennessee, daughters Jan (Myron) Molesky of Fairfield Township, Ohio and Pam (Neil) Hovey of Springboro, Ohio, granddaughters Michelle (Josh)Sebastian and Jennifer (Roger)Jaynes as well as 5 great grandsons and many nieces and nephews.

She was married in 1947 to Bailey Freeman Finley of Monterey, Tennessee. They had been married 50 years at the time of his passing in 1997. They lived many years in Huber Heights where she still has cherished friends.

Pauline's family attended Wrightview Church of the Nazarene for many years. Later she worshiped at Huber Heights Church of God and following a move to Centerville, she attended Kettering Church of God and then Marshall Road Church of God. She loved to entertain and was known for delicious home cooked meals and the most incredible pies.

The family wishes to thank the care givers and staff at the Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehab Neighborhood in Springboro, Ohio where she has become loved by all during the past 5 years. We also want to thank her longtime friends Florence Ryan and Mary Wright who have visited faithfully throughout this journey.

No services are planned at this time. Please consider performing an act of kindness in lieu of flowers.

Friends are encouraged to view the memorial video and share special memories or condolences in the online guestbook at Anderson Funeral Home at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/anderson.


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Kary Covey

June 29, 2020

The video tribute was very nice! I loved Pauline! We met at church and became friends who shared many breakfasts - at Bob Evans, McDonalds and I would sometimes come fix her steak and eggs and she would cook the cornbread! It was delicious, as we’re her pies! We played our share of putt putt, we walked a lot and talked a lot! I know she missed Bailey and I am happy for her they have been reunited and she is in the presence of the Lord! I will miss her!💕

Linda Lakatos

June 29, 2020

Aunt Pauline was my role model with her beautiful outfits she sewed. Each time we would visit she always welcomed us with a tasty home made dessert usually a pie. She was always happy and exhibited it with the famous Farley laugh. Her lively and loving spirit will be missed.

Janet Batton

June 28, 2020

Most of the memories Gayle and I have of Pauline centered around meals, especially her pies. She was always so friendly and we laughed a lot in her presence. In later years she and my mom were in the same nursing home for a while so she would visit my mom. I know that family was a very big part of who she was and she loved her Lord as her Heavenly Father. She is now at peace with Him. May her God love and comfort you in this time of loss and give you sweet and lasting memories of her to cherish.

Gayle and Jan Batton

Jenny Jaynes

June 28, 2020

Dear Little Grandma,
I'm not quite sure how to put into words what I'm feeling. I guess gratitude is the closest I can come. Thank you for all the times when Shelly and I were little. Like when we'd spend the night (sometimes separately cuz we'd fight). I loved playing on your rotary phone while you cooked delicious meals with food from your "Fridgidaire" and took pictures with your "Kodak." You taught me how to play all sorts of games, even though I'd cry when I lost. Every holiday I'd wait for your delicious food as you would say "I just lack (like) the potatoes." All these years I thought you loved potatoes and here all along you just weren't done making them.
As an adult, I learned so much more about love and gentle nurturing from you. You loved your great grand kids (even though Ben isn't your favorite ;) ) Little Sam and you sure had a special connection from the beginning. I loved the times Shelly and I tried to modernize you by teaching you how to pop your knee for pics or how to talk like a millennial or how to take selfies. You never could figure out how to keep your eyes open for a picture. LOL
Grandma, I know you've been ready to go home for a long time. I hope you got to ride on grandpa's dragonfly wings all the way up to heaven. Your fight is over, you have received your reward. I love you. I'll see you again someday. Come visit me.

Michelle Sebastian

June 28, 2020

Dear Little Grandma,
I’m so blessed to have so many memories with you. Everyone loved your pies. I didn’t eat pie, but I loved how you made meals like scrambled eggs cooked in bacon grease, macaroni and cheese and cheese ball just for me. I still have the three foot Annie doll you made for me and my sister that was as tall as I was when I received her. I remember matching clothes and handmade quilts you used to make. I did not inherit the cooking or sewing gene unfortunately but still have many of these items. I’ll miss the walks, church and playing Putt-Putt. I love you. Tell Grandpa I said hello too.

Carla Selby Rogers

June 28, 2020

This is a beautiful picture of my birthday buddy. There isn’t a birthday of mine that she is not discussed. That won’t end with her celebrating in heaven instead of on earth. I was so shy and at one of my birthday parties she found me hiding under the bed. She laid in the floor and talked me into opening her present for me. It was a barrel of monkeys. She coaxed me out to celebrate after that cool gift. If you around me on my birthday you have to listen to that story. I hope I never stop telling it with joy in my heart.
She has a special place in my heart. Her throwing her head back and laughing is pressed into so many of my memories and will be special to me forever.
I’m sorry for your loss!

Judy & Gene Eggleston

June 28, 2020

Our love and hugs to you Jan, in the passing of your mother. May you find comfort in warm wonderful memories.
Love Judy & Gene Eggleston

Danny Wilmoth

June 28, 2020

Aunt Pauline you will be missed very much that Beautiful smile and the Farley laugh and heart of gold. When I think of the perfect housewife and mother I think of you. There is a song by Diamond Rio that reminds me of you and uncle Bailey it is (She Misses him on Sunday the most) it is such a Beautiful song that fits this amazing couple to a T.

Terry Farley

June 28, 2020

I was one of the many nephews and nieces who were blessed to have Aunt Pauline in our lives . She had a kindness and sweetness in her heart and soul that was so genuine and real. I remember many a Sunday visit to our house from Aunt Pauline and Uncle Bailey .! They were truly a perfect match here on earth and will be together again now . I will miss her , but take a memory of ALWAYS a hug and kiss on the cheek from OUR AUNT PAULINE. God Bless her and provide peace and comfort to all of those blessed to have her in their life! Love , Terry...P.S she was a incredible cook!!!

Julie Farley

June 28, 2020

I will always remember you Aunt Pauline! You were so much like Grandma in how you stayed active and thin😎 you always made such great pies and meals for everyone that ever visited your home. You were welcoming to all and I always enjoyed visiting you in Huber Heights when I lived down the street from you, we both shared the cleaning gene!!! Your smile and laughter will be missed. I love you and will cherish all the memories of you and your family forever. You made it to 94 just like Grandma . Rest peacefully now with all of your loved ones.



PAULINE FINLEY – a life well lived
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God has prepared in advance for us to do.”

Pauline was truly an example of a servant to others. Her response to any event, a church basement gathering, a get together with friends, the loss of a friend’s loved one, a birthday, any event, happy or sad was pie. Yes, homemade pie. She could whip together a crust in no time without looking at a recipe or measuring anything and it would always be flaky and wonderful. Her made-from-scratch cream pies were not only tasty but topped high with perfectly browned meringue. Her fruit pies were awesome too filled with Thank You brand pie filling and topped with a beautiful cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar-on-top crust.

Pauline loved visiting with people. If a relative would come up from Tennessee she would call the rest of the family in Dayton to come on over. They would talk and laugh and play games and have one of her amazing dinners.

Pauline loved her girls. She made their clothes, kept them looking like little dolls when they were small and always spoke proudly of them all the way to the end of her life. If you knew her, you heard about her girls.

Pam was more of a momma’s girl than Jan. She would do anything to please her mom and Pam took great care of mom becoming her fierce advocate, finding the best facility for her to live in, keeping track of and researching every medication mom took then making sometimes tough decisions for her along the way while keeping her mom’s best interest at heart.

Jan helped in other ways. She helped her hang wall paper, or stencil a border in a room, or took her on a trip to Wisconsin, just the two of them, or took her camping, and taught her to drive. Jan took her on her first airplane flight when she was in her eighties.

Pauline loved Bailey. She always picked out his clothes and made any alterations to be sure they fit well. He always looked sharp. She made sure to have a wonderful dinner ready the moment dad got home from work. They went on many adventures together: camping in Florida, a road trip, family reunions, fishing and hunting for morel mushrooms in the woods.

She kept a clean and organized home, never allowing things to be cluttered and was very particular about decorating her walls just so and making the bed daily. She would allow the girls to work on a puzzle in the floor but made them put it away before bedtime, even if the puzzle wasn’t finished. Jan learned to pick up the finished parts in sections and put them back in the box carefully then take it back out the next day to finish the puzzle.

Pauline was a true Farley. The Farley’s love to talk, a lot, and Pauline could even keep up with her brother Glenn, well, most of the time anyway. She never lost her southern accent and “cackled” when she laughed. She wasn’t afraid to laugh at herself either. One night when she was living in a cottage at Bethany Lutheran Village she saw something in the hallway and in the darkness was convinced it was an animal that had gotten in. She froze in fear but eventually figured out that it was simply her boots. She would tell that story and just giggle.Her girls would tease her for saying “Oh ho” instead of the typical sigh that most people did. She would laugh with us and go in doing it anyway. We will miss that laugh.

She was industrious, never losing her need to be “doing something”. At one point she thought she worked at Otterbein and her job was to fold the laundry. Not just her laundry, but everybody’s laundry. She got that work ethic no doubt from working on the farm as a child, cleaning the house, drawing water out of the well, washing clothes on a wash board and hanging them to dry, ironing and cooking. She was responsible for making sure all the cats were out of the house at night and was fussed on by her mom when a cat she missed made a mess one night. Consequently, she never wanted her girls to have a dog or cat but she allowed them to have parakeets and turtles as pets.

She saw lots of changes to our world during her long life. From the introduction of the TV, the evolution of the telephone and the introduction of computers and technology. For the life of her she could not figure out how the girl who was directing Jan to turn right or left knew where we were.

Pauline loved the Lord. She read her Bible daily and attended church all her life. She took her kids to vacation Bible school and taught Sunday school. She sang in the choir. She prayed for everyone. For the last years of her life she often talked about her desire the “go home”. She was so looking forward to heaven and reuniting with loved ones who had passed. The 23rd Psalms gave her comfort.

Love you mom,