EuVonne Fincham, age 96, of Blue Rapids, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Blue Valley Senior Living in Blue Rapids.
EuVonne was born June 30, 1922 in rural Blue Rapids to Parl and Mae Spunaugle and was one of twins.
She attended Star and Patterson schools and graduated from Blue Rapids High School in 1940.
In May of 1941 she married Luin Fincham of Waterville and later that year they moved to Wichita where they would spend the next forty-two years.
In 1943 she joined the war effort by going to work for the Coleman Co. After World War II ended in August of 1945 she went to work for the S. H Kress Co. where she spent seven years, becoming a supervisor over several departments and helping in the personnel department. She completed several tests sent out from the corporate office located in New York. In 1953 she joined the Kansas State Bank where she would spend the next twenty years. She took several courses in banking and spent some time with a tutor at the Wichita Business College After managing several departments she became the operations officer for a few years. She then worked in public relations opening accounts and handling certificate of deposits working mainly with the public. In a man’s world she was one of three women to become the first female officer of the bank.
She was a member of the American Bankers Assn. for women. In 1973 she joined the Martin K Eby Co. in Wichita which was the corporate office for Omaha, Denver, and Little Rock. Here she worked in their account department monitoring all the jobs that had been bid and received. This entailed figuring workmen’s compensation and monthly reports showing the status of profit and loss projected as the job progressed. She also helped on yearly depreciation of their equipment and filed all use tax forms in states where they bought materials.
In 1983, she and her husband both retired and moved back to her hometown of Blue Rapids buying the old Schwartz home on East Avenue. They spent a couple of years getting it the way they wanted it and then enjoyed life fishing, camping and winters in Arizona. In 2000, they sold their home and moved into the Gypsum apartments where her husband of 62 years passed away in 2003.
Preceding her in death were her parents, five brothers, Audran Spunaugle, Twins-Keith and Kenneth Spunaugle, Virgil Spunaugle, Adrian “Dick” Spunaugle and Bernard Spunaugle, Sisters Velma Blackney, Althea Allen, Darline Rey and twin sister LaVonne Vadney.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be from noon to 8:00 pm, with a visitation from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, on Tuesday, at Terry-Christie Funeral Home in Waterville. Services were held at 11:00 am, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the United Presbyterian Church in Blue Rapids with Reverend Margaret Luplow officiating. Music is to include “Beyond the Sunset” and “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Danny Nowak accompanied by Judy Spunaugle. Casket bearers are Don Rey, Ron Rey, Richard Spunaugle, John Spunaugle, Darrol Spunaugle and Gene Givan. Burial is at Fairmont Cemetery in Blue Rapids.
Memorials are suggested to Meadowlark Hospice and may be sent in care of Terry-Christie Funeral Home at PO Box 61, Waterville, Kansas 66548