Sula Faye Finley

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Sula Faye Welsh-Finley, nee McGill, 97, of Belleville, IL, born June 18, 1922, in Hutchins, TX, died Friday, October 18, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Finley enjoyed playing cards and traveling.  She was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and was entertained watching their games and other game shows on television. She rejoiced in time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and her faithful canine, Tinker Bell.

Sue was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eugene H. Finley; her first husband, John Mark Welsh Sr.; her parents, Albert A. and Emma Mae, nee McGee, McGill; and six siblings, Jewel (Virgil) Thomas, Ina Lee (Joe) Fannin, Euna (Ed) Edwards, Lois (Marlin) Martin, Eula Mae (Jack) Redding, and James McGill.

Surviving are a son, Dr. John M. Jr. (Carla) Welsh of Lenexa, KS;
two daughters, Mary Sue (Gene) Boron of Millstadt, IL, and Kathleen Ann Chambers of Maumelle, AR;
a stepdaughter, Donna Jean (Stewart) Frisch of Las Vegas, NV;
seven grandchildren, Colin (Stacy) Welsh, Evan (Beth) Welsh, Rev. Raegan (Rev. Scott) Gilliland, Patricia Ann (Todd) Burris, John Patrick Chambers, Eddie (Angela) Boron, and Joseph (Courtney) Boron;
13 great-grandchildren, Severine Welsh, Mattie, Lauren and Ryan Welsh, Andie Jane and Jude Gilliland, Alyssa and Darci Burris, Ashlie (Colby) Jones, Abbie and Jake Boron, and Cooper and Tanner Boron;
five great-great grandchildren, Landen Boron, and Madison, Aiden, Gavin and Ian Jones;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family of Sula would like to extend a special thanks to Cambridge Assisted Living for the loving care given to their mother, who they fondly referred to as an elegant lady. The family would also like to give special thanks to the nurses on 4 South at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, for lovingly holding her hands as the angels took her into heaven.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, Il.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Larry Patton officiating.

Mrs. Finley bequeathed her body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.


2 Comments on Sula Faye Finley

Cindy Radden Bingham said : Guest Report Oct 23, 2019 at 3:26 AM

Mary Sue my deepest sympathy to you and your family! Sue was the best neighbor and friend anyone could ask for! Our family (the Raddens) have gotten to know your family over the years and feel like Sue was a part of our family! I grew up with her, and enjoyed every minute I got to help Sue over the years. It was an honor. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything. My prayers for you as you go through this trying time. Sincerely Cindy

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lynn Schwoebel said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2019 at 3:28 PM

Mary Sue and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. We are never ready to lose our parents. Please know that I will be praying that you feel God's loving arms wrapped around you, holding you close and filling you with His peace in the days ahead.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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