Edith “Edie” Baum Finney
Edith “Edie” Baum Finney

Mrs. Edith “Edie” Baum Finney of Montclair, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at the age of 86 after a short illness.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 12, at noon at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park St., Montclair, followed by a reception in the Guild Room. A private interment will be held at the family plot in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Montclair.

Mrs. Finney was born on Bastille Day, July 14, 1931, she married long-time Nantucket, Massachusetts summer resident Howard Finney, III in 1963 and took on three young children as part of the packaged deal. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she lovingly raised the children as her own in addition to her two children with Howard that would come along later.

All who knew loved Mrs. Finney, appreciated her sense of humor and pragmatism. She welcomed all into her home, including hundreds upon hundreds of young junior football players every fall for over 40 years that were part of the Montclair Cobra Football Association. She also worked for many years for Ferguson & Gille law firm on Park Street in Montclair. Mrs. Finney  enjoyed over 50 summers at the family home on Nantucket with extended family and friends.

Mrs. Finney is survived by her husband Howard Finney III; her daughter and husband Susan and Steve Lefave and their children Lily and Tyler of Herndon, Virginia; son Douglas Finney of Montclair; daughter Linda Finney Williams of Nantucket and her children Aryn Perryman of Adelaide, Australia, Evan Gerardi of Nantucket, and Colin and Meggan Williams and their children (great-grandchildren) Gavyn, Isla and Eloise of Nantucket; son Howard “Jay” Finney, IV, his wife Jacqui Acevedo and their children Howard “Quint” Finney, V., Noelle Villa and Fernando Villa of Chelsea, MA; son Paul Finney of Nantucket and Palm Springs, California; brother-in-law John Finney of Montclair and Nantucket; and, many nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings.

A celebration of her life for family and friends will be held on Nantucket on July 14, at the family summer home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Finney’s name may be made to the Montclair Cobras Junior Program, 43 Virginia Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042 or at Montclaircobras.com.