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Judith “Judy” Smith Finley

Judy Finley was born in 1922, the third child of Joseph Edward and Virginia Haitt Smith.  She enjoyed life to the very fullest until her death on ________________ as the result of __________________________. She was the wife of the late Donald S. Finley with whom she had a son, Charles.

Judy attended Catholic schools in New Orleans and spent fabulous summers in Bay Saint Louis where she swam, fished, crabbed and played cards.  At 17, she learned shorthand and became a sought-after secretary. Her first job was with the Granier Grain Company in Gentilly where she was paid the princely sum of $14 a week. Her favorite job was with Pan American Airways. The pay was considerably better, and Judy was able to fly free to many exotic places, including Guatemala, Acapulco, and Havana, where she stayed at the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Later, Judy developed a fear of flying (or, as she said, “a fear of crashing”), but this never slowed her down. Well into her 80’s she took the train to Memphis, Atlanta, and other destinations. Perhaps because she drove so slow, Judy had no fear of crashing while driving and she spent her 80’s chauffeuring the “elderly” far and wide. Her only other fear was of the bad luck that would surely follow if she accidently placed a purse on a bed.

In 1980, Judy became the first person to call in a weather report to local station WVUE. Thus, began a 30-year career as a weather watcher. Meteorologist Nicole Norwood said  “Miss Judy was our most reliable weather volunteer. We will miss her greatly.” Judy was also a garage sale junkie who could spot a bargain from across the lawn. But, if drawn to a clearly underpriced item, she’d often insist on paying more.

Judy could strike up a conversation with anyone and within minutes come away with their life story. According to her nephew, Richard, “Aunt Judy could talk the chicken right off the bone.” Judy had 26 nieces and nephews, who teased her relentlessly, but loved her dearly as she did them. In addition to her son and his wife, Carol, Judy is survived by granddaughter Linda Elizabeth Finley, step-grandson Arthur Bruley, and brother Steven Smith. Judy, who practiced the art of porcelain painting for 40 years, will also be missed by members of the Porcelain Art Guild. In heaven, she will join her parents, brothers Jeffrey and Bob, and sisters Virginia Weston and Dana Beasley.

Judy’s countless friends are invited to her funeral mass at Lake Lawn Funeral Home in Metairie on ____________ at _____. Interment will follow at St Patrick Cemetery No. 1 on City Park Avenue. Those wishing to honor Judy are encouraged to make a donation to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans.