Cleda May Finch, age 88, of Ottawa, passed away Oct. 15, 2019, at Rock Creek of Ottawa. She was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Pomona, Kan., the daughter of Joe Mitchell and Mary (Thomas) Mitchell. Cleda was a lifelong Ottawa resident attending Ottawa High School.


Cleda was a homemaker and housewife. Cleda loved to go looking for antiques. She loved her flowers and she dearly loved her Pekingese dogs. She was a wonderful cook and was well-known in her family for her Peanut Butter candy and her homemade bread. She loved her family and always enjoyed spending time with them.


On Oct. 27, 1949, Cleda was united in marriage to Virgil Finch in Paola, Kan. They shared 63 years of loving marriage until the death of Virgil in 2013.


Cleda was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gail Mitchell and Gene Mitchell; and two sisters, Melba Tull and Marjorie Johnston.


She is survived by two daughters, Pam Finch, Ottawa, Sheryl Woodward and her husband, Martin, Ottawa; brother, Willard Mitchell, Burlington, Kan.; brother-in-law, Ralph Finch and his wife, Candy, Ottawa; three grandchildren, Andrea Gladson and her husband, Rob, Olathe,Kan., Adam Wise and his wife, Jennifer, Ottawa, Sara Laymance and her husband, Steven, Ottawa; and four great- grandchildren, Kelsey and her husband, Zach, Marlee, Madison and Zoe.


Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Friday Oct. 18, 2019, at Fouts Cemetery, Ottawa. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14 , Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through