Clara Marie (Sell) Finkenbinder, 99, died Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Flatirons Health & Rehabilitation Center in Lewisville, Colorado. She was born September 27, 1920 in Rush Center, Kansas the daughter of Emanuel & Emma (Erb) Sell.
Clare grew up and was educated in Rush County and Ness County, Kansas. On March 16, 1943, she married Dueward E. Finkenbinder in Garden City, Kansas. Clara was the Chief Telephone Operator for the United Telephone Company in Dighton, Kansas for 17 years. She was a member of the Dighton United Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years. Clara later moved to Thornton, Colorado in 2004 where she has lived since.
Survivors include two sons Dueward D. (Jo) Finkenbinder of Thornton, Colorado and Neal R. (Debbie) Finkenbinder of Littleton, Colorado; four grandchildren Brooke D. (Keri) Finkenbinder of Evans, Georgia, Jeremy D. (Bernadette) Finkenbinder of Littleton, Colorado, Christy A. Finkenbinder-Martin of Brighton, Colorado, & Chane D. (Shawna) Finkenbinder of Keensburg, Colorado; ten great-grandchildren HaleyFinkenbinder, Hannah Finkenbinder, Kristen (Michael) Finkenbinder, Jared (Emily) Finkenbinder, Jacob Finkenbinder, Danielle Thorpe, Devin (Nikki) Martin, Cody (Rachel) Martin, Cadence Finkenbinder, & Kali Finkenbinder; one great-great-grandchild Addilyn Rae Martin.
Clara is preceded in death by her husband Dueward of 43 years who died on January 22, 1986. She is also preceded in death by a brother Roy Sell; and two sisters Effie Brack and Freda Schwartz.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Dighton United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Dighton Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Boomhower Funeral Home in Dighton. The family suggests memorials given to the Lane County Historical Society in care of the funeral home.