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Betty Jean Rakes Finney November 28, 1937 - November 26, 2022

Born: Sunday Nov 28, 1937

Died: Saturday Nov 26, 2022

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Betty Jean Rakes Finney, 84, of Eden entered Heaven’s gate on Saturday, November 26th 2022. We know she’s dancing in Heaven...

A memorial service will be held at Fair Funeral Home Chapel, Saturday, December 3rd at 3pm. A visitation will be from 2-3pm for the family to receive family and friends.

She was loved and cared for by her two daughters, Debra Lynn Finney and Lisa Finney Griffith and son-in-law David Griffith, all of Eden.
She adored her two grandchildren Joshua Robert Doss (wife Shea Earles Doss) and Elizabeth Geneva Doss Milligan (husband Matthew Milligan) and great-grandson Jake Alexander Doss, who all called her “Granny Beach”. Sadly, her soon to be born great grandson Dean Matthew Milligan will miss making memories with Great Granny Beach.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dillard Jackson Finney of Happy Home.

Betty was the last remaining child of Burry and Maggie Lou (Johnson) Rakes. Born November 28th, 1937, Betty had 13 siblings: Alpha, Elva, Lorene, Mable, Edith, Virginia, Samuel and Sanford, Jessie, Thomas, Wallace, Rob and her dear closest sister Frances Rakes Corum Fagg. All were brought up in the Draper area at the end of “Ferry Road” which is now Stadium Drive.
After her husbands retirement, they lived in Myrtle Beach SC and Kissimmee FL until his death in 1992. She then moved to the Washington DC area. She was employed for 14 years at The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC. She worked there during the William Jefferson Clinton and the George W. Bush presidencies.

Retiring at age 70, she then moved back to her hometown of what is now Eden, to live in her own cottage on her daughter Lisa’s land. This next chapter of her life was made quite enjoyable when she joined the Line Dancing group “The Mama’s and the Papas” later known as the “Rockin’ Caroliners”.   They were 5 times County and State Champions. All of her team members were so special to her and especially her best friend, Nancy Strong always held a special place in her heart.

Among her many interests, dancing, reading, playing games (Cornhole, Bocce Ball, Pickleball, and board games) and visiting with friends, were some of her favorite things to do. She also enjoyed the annual Halloween Party at her home, and special events where her eyes and smile always shined.

In lieu of flowers please make a love donation to Hospice of Rockingham County or to Rockingham County Animal Shelter in her name.
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Very special lady,will be greatly missed !
timothy b corum
I'm so very sorry for your loss!  Many prayers for you during this trying period in your lives.
Dear Lisa, the last time I went to Grogan Park, your mom and I had a long and wonderful conversation about life and love. I wish I had known her longer.
with love to all 

Peyton Cherry
Peyton Cherry
Condolences to the family..
Carole Lemons Griffin
Debra and family,  We are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your great memories provide you with comfort in the days ahead.
Wayne and Susan Ellzey
Susan Ellzey
Betty was a good friend, exemplary employee and a beautiful woman inside and out.  I had the honor of working with Betty at the White House. Rest in peace, my friend. ❤️
Christine Limerick
We are blessed to have met and spent time with beautiful Miss Betty, and her family, in November 2022. Her life stories were shared with us, over the past 4 years, by our special friends Lisa and David Griffith. We knew we had to meet her. Her wit, southern charm, attention to detail when reminiscing her career at the Whitehouse, hospitality, generosity, and the sheer joy of life and family, has left a special place, forever in our hearts. Dance with the Angels, Miss Betty💜🙏🏽Victoria and Roger Perreault. Ontario, Canada
Victoria and Roger Perreault
Dear Debra, Lisa, and family, I'm so sorry for your loss but I know your sweet Mama is in a better place now and without any pain!  I never met your Mama but I've heard much about her, her life, and her huge family of siblings!  My thoughts and prayers are with the family today and in the coming days.  RIP Betty; you were loved!  🙏🏻❤️ 
John M. Snow

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