Thelma Mae Finney

(July 13, 1932 - February 2, 1933)


Lusk Free Lance
February 2, 1933


Baby Strangles To Death While Parents Absent

Deep sorrow surrounds the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Finney, who reside about 20 miles south of this city, today. Their tiny baby daughter, Thelma Mae, six months old, was found in the house early this forenoon, dead from strangulation.

The parents had gone out of the house together to do the chores, and had left the infant child in her bed, which was placed close alongside of another bed. Other children had gone to school. In some manner the little girl had crawled to the edge of her bed and fallen between the two steads, catching the body in such a way as to hold it and strangle the child.

The sight which lay before the parents when they returned to the house was a sad one, and Mrs. Finney is almost prostrated from the shock.

George Earl Peet of the Peet mortuary of this city was sent for immediately and he will have charge of funeral arrangements.

Services will be held at the Jay Em hall, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The remains will be interred in the Jay Em Cemetery.


Lusk Free Lance
February 9, 1933
Thelma Mae Finney


Thelma Mae Finney was born July 13, 1932 at the family home, seven miles northwest of Jay Em, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Finney. She passed from this life on Thursday morning, February 2nd, at the age of 6 months and 20 days. Her demise was caused by strangulation, which occurred when she fell from her crib, catching her head in such a manner as to choke her.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her parents, two brothers, Edwin and Alvin, and two sisters, Allene and Doris Fay.

Funeral services were held at Jay Em Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. B. F. Farrar, pastor of the First Baptist church of Lusk spoke a comforting message from the text of Mark 10:16, and Rev. Edwin F. Irwin, pastor of the Congregational church of this city, led in the closing prayer. Interment was made in the Jay Em cemetery.

The pallbearers were Thelma Bates, Nina Bates, Alice Voorhees and Elsie Ellis. Mrs. Lake Harris and Mrs. Valentine very effectively sang, "Jewels," "Under His Wings" and "Nearer My God to Thee."




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