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Olpin Stevens Funeral Home -Fillmore
Saturday March 27th, 2021

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Sarah Marie Finlinson

Delta, Utah - Sarah Marie Church Finlinson, age 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 21, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Sarah Marie was born on April 25, 1923 in Oasis, Utah to George N. and Sarah Shakespeare Church, the ninth of twelve children. She married her loving husband, Leo Lyman Finlinson on September 12, 1941, in the Manti LDS Temple. They enjoyed 54 loving years together until his passing on January 25, 1995.

 Together Sarah and Lyman raised eight children in their family home in Oak City, Utah.  A home that was filled with an abundance of love, humor and music.  Through their example, their children were taught a strong work ethic, compassion, kindness and an acceptance of all people. 

Sarah was a kind, caring person, always willing to provide a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and had an innate ability to make everyone feel special. 

She was an excellent homemaker, baker and chocolatier – offering food or treats within minutes of people entering her home. She made countless quilts for her family and spent many hours crocheting and reading.

Sarah was an avid jogger well into her eighties.  She loved music and was the first one to break into a jig when she heard a jazzy tune.  She loved spicy food, high heels, Diet Pepsi, and fine chocolates.

Coming from and marrying into a large family, through the years, she eventually became the last leaf on the tree. Sometimes the most beautiful leaves are the last to fall.

To try and summarize her extraordinary life has been a daunting task. For her family and those of you who were lucky enough to know her, the lifetime of memories she gave us will be forever cherished. Sarah’s legacy will live on.

Sarah’s family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Alan Smith and the staff of the Millard County Care Center for the loving care and friendship they provided her over the last year. 

Sarah is survived by her children: Marie (Robert) Siciliano, Salt Lake City, Utah; Sylvia (John) Stevens, Orem, Utah; Sara (Tom) Suwyn, Oak City, Utah; Robyn (Milt) Mayhew, St. George, Utah; Joe (Trudy) Finlinson, Orem, Utah; Meladee (Mark) Maggos, Godfrey, Illinois. Son-in-law, Doug Smith, Sutherland, Utah; 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo Lyman Finlinson; children: Kathy Finlinson Smith, Mason Finlinson; granddaughter, Marcy Smith; great grandson, Abram Perrill.

Graveside services will be held at the Oak City Cemetery on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.  Masks and social distancing guidelines will be observed.  Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.

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she was always a happy and pleasant person.Enjoyed seeing out in the mornings do her daily run/walks.

Floyd Anderson Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Melodee,
I was so saddened to hear of your mothers passing, I loved her so much, she was always the funnest person to visit with. She was always so pretty and when I would see her she was so happy all the time. She will be sorely missed. I think of you often and remember all the great times we had in high school, you are such a special friend and even though I never see you it doesnt mean I dont think of you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, it is so hard to lose your parents it doesnt matter how old they are it is tough. Heaven received one of the finest, and sweetest ANGELS your MOM.
Love you girlfriend
Karen Bliss Adams

Karen Bliss Adams Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

Aunt Sarah was always a ray of sunshine full of fun and kindness. She was the life of the party at the Church family reunions. Ill always be grateful for her kindness to me and the Callister family over the years. And I miss Kathy and the fun times we had at Delta High. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Finlinson cousins.

Jerry Callister Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

Aunt Sarah was all of that and more! I remember the delicious food that she had whenever we visited. I loved the wall hand-held telephone they had and playing in the dress up things that were in the attic. JoAnn has always reminded me of Aunt Sarah. Both had a zest for life, a flair for nice things and welcomed everyone. You will be missed but your memory will live on! Love to each of you, her family!

Trish Callister Callison Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

I have loved Aunt Sarah for as long as I can remember. And in recent years she has welcomed my husband and me into her home and we have so enjoyed the visits with her. Sending love to each of you family members. She so loved each of you.
Elizabeth and Tom Zaleski

Elizabeth Zaleski Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Your mom had a talent of making each person feel special. When I was in 6th grade she directed a Christmas Eve Musical. The 6th graders had the leading parts and sang solos. I was so unsure of myself. She encouraged me and taught all of us that we would do well.I have never forgotten her kindness. I married and moved from Oak City but when I occasionally returned for events you mom always greeted me warmly and called me by name. She was an extraordinary lady.

ElRue Alldredge Stowell Mar 24 2021 12:00 AM

Sarah was an angel among us. Through the many years her kindness and love extended to everyone along her path. What happy reunions are taking place beyond our sight. We express our sympathy and love to her exceptional posterity.

Michael & Maria Moody Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was always happy, and greeted you with a smile. When my Father passed away she said to me. "I am so mad at your Dad, now I am the oldest resident in Oak City". Every time she greeted me she called me by my first, and middle names. She has been alone for a long time and am sure she is having a great reunion with your Dad and others. She was a great example to so many and will be missed.

Sharon Stuart Nelson Mar 23 2021 12:00 AM