Betty Jean Finley

November 24, 2012 • Obituaries


Funeral services will be held for Betty Finley, 70, of Roswell, at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Lamar Morin, of Bloomfield officiating. Betty went home to [auth] her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

Known to many as Betsy, Betty was born in Clifton, Texas, on Jan. 13, 1942, to Bill and Birdie Carr. Her family relocated to a homestead northeast of Roswell where she spent her childhood years. After her family moved to Roswell, Betty graduated from Roswell High School in 1949.

Shortly after graduating, Betty married her first husband Alban Frislid, who died while serving in the Air Force. They lived at several different bases prior to his death. Betty returned to Roswell with her children in January 1965. She married David Finley on Dec. 7, 1968.

Betty was very active with her children, serving as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader. In addition, she was a very active member of the church Bethel Baptist, where she served many years as the financial secretary for Women On Mission as well as participation in several other church groups. As one of many volunteer activities, she was dedicated to bringing a smile and a warm touch to church members who were unable to attend services.

Betty also worked for her church as a part-time secretary for several years. Her activities with Bethel Baptist brought many great friends into her life, whom she treasured dearly.

Betty enjoyed bowling and square dancing with her husband David for many years. She was an avid gardener, and she loved to read and bake. She was a lover of all animals, but she was especially fond of cats and had an extensive collection of all things cats.

Betty’s beautiful smile and warm hugs will always be remembered by those whose lives were blessed by her presence.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband David Finley, of the family home; her son Terry Finley and his wife Sandy, of Roswell; her daughters, Janice Frislid, of Roswell, Elaine Finley, of Carlsbad, and Cindy Miller, of Friona, Calif.; her brother Jerry Carr, of Albuquerque, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and family.

Betty was preceded in death by her first husband Alban B. Frislid; her daughter Karin Frislid in 1979; three brothers, Jimmy Carr, Billy Carr and Bobby Carr; and three sisters, Della Conway, Ruby White and Gerlene White.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Archuleta, Richard “Doc” Dockel, Jerry Dockel, David Therrien, Stephen Therrien, and Russell Robertson.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations be made in Betty’s name to Bethel Baptist’s Women On Mission at 2420 N. Garden Ave., Roswell, NM 88201.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online register book at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly and in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:15-17

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