Charlene Finney, 97, Princeton, MO passed away Friday, July 9, 2021 at a Kansas City hospice home.

She was born on August 26, 1923 in Princeton, Missouri the daughter of Robert Ray and Nellie Pearl (Cordle) Hart.

On January 23, 1941, she married John Virden Finney in Princeton, Missouri. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2012. They were married for 71 years.

Charlene attended Princeton High School and then she and John made their home in Kansas City. When their daughter, Sharon, was born, John was serving in the military and Charlene moved back home with her mother to help care for her five younger siblings.

She was a second mother to them all which continued into young adulthood. After retirement, they moved back to Princeton in 1984 and built a new home on John’s family homestead. Charlene loved cooking and reading cookbooks and having family over for fellowship and many meals together followed by card games. She loved to travel with family and she and John were very active in the Shriners, taking extensive trips and cruises overseas through the years along with her sister and sister-in-law. She was a member of the Princeton Christian Church, Lady Shriners, Order of the Eastern Star and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, James Lee, Bill, Raymond, and Hall Hart, and one sister, Marjorie Finney.

Charlene is survived by her daughter, Sharon Kay Freeman, Kansas City, MO and a sister, Avanelle Arnote, Trenton, MO.

Charlene has been cremated under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Princeton, MO.
Memorial Services and Inurnment in Goshen Cemetery will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at