Irene Marie Finley, 92, practical joker who looked forward to April Fool’s Day

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On Sept. 15, 1929, Irene Marie Finley, 92, was born to the late Lucy and William Smith in McDowell County, W.Va. She died Sunday, March 19, 2017.

She grew up in Gary Hollow, W.Va., where life revolved around coal mining, family and the mountains. Through her family and mining, she met her love and late husband, Ray Lee Finley. Together, they moved to Virginia Beach, and the rest is an adventurous history.

Anybody that ever met Irene, or ‘Grandma,’ as many knew her, loved and embraced her. She had always loved to joke, play practical jokes and especially loved April Fool’s Day! She was just a lot of fun; but she wasn’t a lady that you’d ever want to cross either. The force was strong with that one…explains that 92 years for sure! Grandma loved her family more than anything and would help anybody that she could.

In memory, please perpetuate her kindness.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Michele Davis; sister, Olga Rife; and brothers, Eddie and Charlie Smith. Left behind to always remember Grandma are her granddaughter, Tracey Bailey; great-granddaughter, Hunter Myers; close friend, Vanessa Wright; all of her nieces that she loves to the moon and back, and of course, anybody and everybody that ever met Grandma!!

Love, light and thank you to all that have helped us so much along the last few years. Good night, Irene. May you rest in the paradise you so richly deserve!

There will be a visitation from 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 24, at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 25, at the funeral home chapel with burial to follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at kellumfuneralhome.com.