Dee Ann Jane Elliott Finlay, resident of Buckingham South in Savannah, GA, died on December 16, 2020. She was born on October 31, 1935 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of the late William and Dorothy Elliott. Dee graduated from South Hills High School in 1953 and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing in 1956.
Dee devoted her entire career to caring for others, beginning at age 15, when she worked at a hospital as a nurse’s aide caring for newborns and as a lab technician. After graduating from nursing school, she worked as a nurse for a dermatologist and biology lab assistant at Johns Hopkins University. Dee later earned a degree in Sociology from Ohio University and became a well-respected nursing professor at Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, OH. She worked for over a decade with the State of Ohio Services for the Blind, teaching Braille and life skills to blind clients, and later as an in-home traveling caregiver and life coach for physically disabled adults. Dee was also a long-time volunteer for a domestic violence shelter in Athens, OH.
Dee was married to the late Dr. Roger W. Finlay and had two children, the late Dr. Mark R. Finlay and Sharyn Finlay. They resided in Athens, OH for many years, where they were active members of the community. In 1996, Dee retired and moved to Savannah to help care for her grandsons and enjoy her retirement. She had many talents and hobbies and was a very talented seamstress, making her daughter’s prom dresses and grandchildrens’ Halloween costumes. Among her varied interests were films and music of many genres. She was an avid nature lover and white water rafting enthusiast, and continued rafting eastern and western U.S. rivers throughout her sixties. Dee had a special love for sea animals, especially manatees and whales, and supported many environmental organizations.
Dee is survived by her daughter Sharyn Finlay of CA and daughter-in-law Kelly Applegate of GA, as well as beloved grandchildren Jill Warmke, Alexis Croushore, Justin Croushore, Greyson Finlay, Ellis Finlay, and Rex Milam.
Tributes to Dee may be sent to the American Alzheimer’s Association.