Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton

1420 Fancher, Vinton, LA


Jewel Perry Finn

February 3, 1925November 5, 2019
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Jewel Perry Finn, age 94, of Vinton went to her Forever Home on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. What a celebration it must have been to see Jesus face to face and hold hands with the one whose been waiting on her, the love of her life, Walter. She was born on February 3, 1925 in Vinton, LA to Cleveland and Lela Perry. Jewel was a graduate of Vinton High School class of 1943. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Vinton. In fact, she was the oldest original member from cradle role until now. She served many years there as the Sunday School Secretary and also the head of the WMU. She loved visiting with everyone and loved her church very much. Jewel was the first woman bus driver in Calcasieu Parish; she drove from 1968 to 1985 when she retired. She was a woman of many talents, seamstress being at the top of the list. It was her passion that she shared with everyone in town for as long as she could. Another thing she was known for was her green thumb. Taking care of her plants was only second to taking care of everyone else she loved. She loved the outdoors; for most of her life she spent her summers in Toledo Bend with the people she loved the most. Most of all, Jewel's absolute passion was loving and spending time with her immediate and extended family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were by far the light of her life. She looked forward to any occasion or visit that was shared with them. Her name suited her well; she was a jewel to all who knew her and a true inspiration and example of strength, passion, faith and love. She will be missed.

Jewel was preceded in death by her parents, Cleveland and Lela Perry; husband, Walter Finn; sisters, Minnie Lee Perry and Erline Nichols; brother, Donald Perry; and grandson, Shane Ray Finn.

Those left to cherish her memory are son, Ricky Finn; daughter, Karen Finn Rasberry; daughter, Perri Cormier and husband, James; daughter-in-law, Cindy Finn; granddaughter, Shaston Finn; grandson, Chad Finn and wife, Kelly; granddaughter, Jamie Sonier and husband, Raymond; granddaughter, Shannon Condos and husband, John; granddaughter, Britny Hoffpauir and husband, Nathaniel; granddaughter, Haley Berg and husband, Josh; granddaughter, Amy Beth LeBleu; great-granddaughter, Chiara Guillory and husband, Harley; great-grandchildren, Kelcie, William, Chloe, Conner, Carson, Noah, Caden, Haleigh, Jayce, Avery, Lilly, and Joanie; great-great-grandchildren, Braighlyn and Harley; and adopted into the family, Bob Lewis; and all her nieces and nephews that she watched grow and expand over the years.

The family would like to say a very special thank you to all the staff at High Hope Nursing Home in Sulphur.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday and will resume at 8 a.m. on Friday until time of service at First Baptist Church of Vinton. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bobby Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hixsonvinton.com for the FINN family.


  • Ricky Finn, Son
  • Karen Finn Rasberry, Daughter
  • Perri Cormier and husband James, Daughter
  • Cindy Finn, Daughter-in-law
  • Shaston Finn, Granddaughter
  • Chad Finn and wife Kelly, Grandson
  • Jamie Sonier and husband Raymond, Granddaughter
  • Shannon Condos and husband John, Granddaughter
  • Britny Hoffpauir and husband Nathaniel, Granddaughter
  • Haley Berg and husband Josh, Granddaughter
  • Amy Beth LeBleu, Granddaughter
  • Chiara Guillory and husband Harley, Great Granddaughter
  • Kelcie, William, Chloe, Conner, Carson, Noah, Caden, Haleigh, Jayce, Avery, Lilly, and Joanie, Great grandchildren
  • Braighlyn and Harley, Great Grandchild
  • Cleveland and Lela Perry, Parents (deceased)
  • Walter Finn, Husband (deceased)
  • Minnie Lee Perry, Sister (deceased)
  • Erline Nichols, Sister (deceased)
  • Donald Perry, Brother (deceased)
  • Shane Ray Finn, Grandson (deceased)
  • also left to cherish her memory are all her nieces and nephews that she watched grow and expand over the years,and adopted into the family, Bob Lewis.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2019


Jewel Perry Finn

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Chandra Griffin

November 8, 2019

Aww, Miss Finn. What I remember she carried us home and back all of those years. Hear me out on this. The kids thought she was "mean" on the bus. Now I know as a grown up she was protecting us. She had a duty to protect all the children on the bus and she did it. There was bullying back then and she had nothing to do with it. She protected all of her children on the bus, especially the geeks. Although she never actually did it, she would "Stop that bus" with her stares to make sure we were in line. She was so sweet when I graduated and she told me she loved driving us. Conviction, dedication, and love.

Laura Allen Bennett

November 8, 2019

I remember Mrs. Finn fondly, as she was my bus driver for 6 years, also the times she drove all us pep squad girls (we were so noisy), but we all loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Bonnie James

November 7, 2019

So much rejoicing must have taken place when Aunt Jewel passed from this life into the next. She was always a blessing to be around. Loving, kind but tough as nails. My condolences to the entire clan.

Marie “Mel” Moreau

November 7, 2019

I have so many memories of Jewel because she
and Walter were bus drivers for my Lionettes, cheerleaders, and sport teams from Vinton High School.
She was a strong woman who loved her
Family and her church. She loved to have visitors stop by her house to laugh and share stories of the past. We will miss you, Jewel!
Rest In Peace!

Mel Moreau

Cynthia Tesko

November 7, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a special lady. As a seamstress she did a lot of work for me back years ago. I know she will be missed, but she is with her maker now and in the hands of the Lord. May she rest in peace. With love and sympathy.
Cynthia Tidwell Tesko

Toni Tanner

November 7, 2019

So sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Jewel. She was my bus driver growing up and I have very fond memories of those rides. I visited with her in March and she seemed so happy to see me. She recalled some of those bus rides and we laughed about it. Beautiful woman, beautiful soul, she has reached her heavenly reward in the arms of her savoir. May she Rest In Peace.

Lisa Fontenot

November 7, 2019

All my memories of this Jewel of a woman are beautiful ones.Whenever we saw each other that smile of hers said it all, she would hold my hand and ask me how i was. I always admired her strength she was a very strong woman.Rest in Peace sweet lady give Jesus a hug for me.❤️🙏✝️