DIGHTON — Clara Marie (Sell) Finkenbinder, 99, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at Flatirons Health & Rehabilitation Center in Lewisville, Colo. She was born Sept. 27, 1920, in Rush Center, Kan., the daughter of Emanuel and Emma (Erb) Sell.
Clare grew up and was educated in Rush County and Ness County, Kan. On March 16, 1943, she married Dueward E. Finkenbinder in Garden City. Clara was the Chief Telephone Operator for the United Telephone Company in Dighton 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, Colo., in 2004 where she has lived since.
She was survived by two sons, Dueward D. Finkenbinder and wife Jo of Thornton, Colo., and Neal R. Finkenbinder and wife Debbie of Littleton, Colo.; four grandchildren, Brooke D. Finkenbinder and wife Keri of Evans, Ga., Jeremy D. Finkenbinder and wife Bernadette of Littleton, Colo., Christy A. Finkenbinder-Martin of Brighton, Colo., and Chane D. Finkenbinder and wife Shawna of Keensburg, Colo.; 10 great-grandchildren, Haley Finkenbinder, Hannah Finkenbinder, Kristen Finkenbinder and husband Michael, Jared Finkenbinder and wife Emily, Jacob Finkenbinder, Danielle Thorpe, Devin Martin and wife Nikki, Cody Martin and wife Rachel, Cadence Finkenbinder and Kali Finkenbinder; one great-great-grandchild, Addilyn Rae Martin.
Clara is preceded in death by her husband, Dueward of 43 years who died on Jan. 22, 1986; a brother, Roy Sell; and two sisters, Effie Brack and Freda Schwartz.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dighton United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Dighton Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 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. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.