Vicki S. (Finley) Delhaye was ushered into Glory on January 11, 2021, surrounded by her children Leah, Ricky, Mike, and Cammy. She was welcomed at Heaven’s Gates by her beloved mother and her grandson Shane, who she got to hold in her arms for the first time.
Vicki was born on March 27, 1950 to John and Donna Finley, and was a lifelong resident of Georgetown, IL. Her siblings, Karen (Bill) Smith, Donna Kay Meeker, and Gary (Laura) Finley survive; along with many special nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also surviving, her Aunt Jodi (Ken) Windle, and Uncle Art (Carol) Finley. She also leaves behind lifelong friend, Brenda (Mike) Larson.
Vicki coveted time spent with her children, Leah (Mike) Warren, and Richard (Cammy) Delhaye. Words cannot express the pride and joy she possessed for her three grandsons: Justin Warren, Kaleb and Chase Delhaye, all of whom were extremely close and deeply devoted to their Nana. Her kids and grandsons were her world, and her life was dedicated to making them happy – it was never about herself.
She was adventurous, and loved to travel. She would spend months planning family vacations and looking forward to their time together at destinations such as Walt Disney, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Destin, and Mackinac Island. She was fortunate to enjoy many adventures with her mother and sisters in Branson and Tennessee. She had a lifelong passion for the piano, and enjoyed several concerts with her family. She also looked forward to “Sister’s Night,” when she would watch movies and have dinner with them.
She was truly a beautiful and gifted woman, placing her special touch on multiple weddings, birthdays, and showers. She was the life of the party, and her sweet smile lit up the room and brought joy to those who saw it. She was very imaginative, and was always looking for the latest craft designs (from macramé, to quilted bricks, to sweeper bunnies! You never knew what she would be gifting you with next!)
Vicki’s long career in the newspaper business began at the Georgetown Independent News, founded by her long-time friends Hubert and Jill Hotchkiss. She enjoyed working at the paper with her special friend and cousin, Linda Dyer Cummins. After the paper sold to the Lenhart family, she advanced to the position of editor, and was blessed to be able to work with them for many years (still helping type auction listings for Kerry Lenhart, clear up until she became ill in October). After she retired from the News Gazette, she was fortunate to continuing working at The Sidell Reporter until October. Over the years, Vicki won many awards and accolades for her creative writing and flair for ad design. For many years she penned a column “From Where I Sit” – filled with humorous or thought provoking articles. One of the exciting elements of working for a newspaper was getting to interview up-and-coming artists – her favorite being Garth Brooks!
Vicki had a beautiful sense of humor, and was a wonderful friend and great companion who loved helping others. She was supportive of anyone who just needed to talk – offering sound advice and comfort. Vicki was a wordsmith, she was the first person to call when searching for the perfect word.
Her presence will always be remembered while sharing family stories at the dining room table. There are so many wonderful memories to cherish, and to say she will be missed; greatly underestimates her role in the lives of those she leaves behind.
A private celebration of Vicki’s life with immediate family members will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Liberty Independent Church where she was a member for many years. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.
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