David Finley

June 16, 2014 • Obituaries

B04-6-17-Finley-obit B04-6-17-dave-and-eddieSeptember 24, 1930 – June 14, 2014


David Finley, 83, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, after a prolonged battle with colon cancer.

David was a lifelong resident of Roswell, but he loved southern Colorado, where he and his wife, Betty, spent many vacations fishing and exploring scenic routes, accompanied by their beloved dogs. David and Betty also enjoyed bowling and square dancing for many years, as well as family vacations at Lake Sumner and taking trips around the country.

David was a dedicated family man and avid environmentalist. He also worked diligently as a union leader during his thirty-two years of employment with the [auth] Mountain Bell Telephone Company, and passed his values on to his children. After he retired from the phone company David, became a volunteer at the Roswell Humane Society, where he gave his time and commitment for nineteen years. He worked with many animals who needed special care, especially dogs who would not find homes unless they became socialized. Thanks to his efforts, many animals who would not have been adoptable found their forever homes and went on to lead happy lives, including his own dog, Angus, David brought together many animals and their new families, bringing joy into countless lives not only in Roswell but neighboring states.

David was preceded in death by his wife, of forty-five years, Betty, in 2012; his stepdaughter, Karin Frislid, in 1979; his mother, Lillie Finley, in 2007; and his brother Hugene Finley in 2008.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Elaine Finley – Caruana, of Carlsbad, and Cindy Miller, of Fresno, California; his stepson Terry Frislid and his wife, Sandy, of Roswell; his step-daughter Janice Frislid of Roswell; four grandchildren, Becky, Katey, Shawn, and Billy; great-grandchildren Jackson, Lexi, David, Frank, and Brittany; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his very special second family of treasured friends and co-workers at the Roswell Humane Society.

David will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tim Arlett officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations in David’s name to the Low-Income Spay-Neuter program at the Roswell Humane Society, 701 East McGaffey, Roswell, NM, 88201. The family also would like to remind people that colon cancer is highly preventable and treatable with regular colonoscopies.

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

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

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