Delores Jean Fincher, age 91, of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully on March 2, 2022. She was born in East St. Louis, Illinois and was the daughter of Virginia W. Bruce and Cecil L. Bruce. After her parents divorced, her mother married Wesley Helms. Wesley was a blessing to Jean’s life and a loving, devoted father.
Jean developed many life long friends throughout her high school years by being very active in the Girl Scouts. After graduating from East Side High School in 1948, she attended Illinois State University to pursue her interest in the arts.
In 1950, Jean married William Allen Fincher and moved to Wilmington, DE. They were blessed with five children. She thoroughly enjoyed being at home and raising her children. Jean’s husband of 68 years, Bill, died in 2018.
Although working as a teller at Delaware Trust became her first career, her artistic flair landed her several opportunities as a talented floral designer working at Penny Hill Florist, Hillaman’s Floral shop and Walker’s Florists in Hockessin where she eventually retired.
The family enjoyed countless memorable camping vacations exploring many parts of the United States. Jean and Bill were happy to spend some of their cold winters in Boynton Beach, Florida. They also enjoyed spending time at their beach home in Rehoboth.
The Fincher family attended Christ United Methodist Church in Roselle for over fifty years. Jean and Bill then became members of Faith Baptist Church in Pike Creek. Worshipping at both of these churches was very important to Jean. She developed many close relationships with her church family, teachers and made dear, lasting friendships during her time spent at each church. She was involved in many prayer groups, visiting homebound friends, helping with church events, a needlepoint project for kneelers and many other activities that let her share her love and devotion to the Lord.
The family would like to thank the staff, nurses and aides of both The Summit Retirement Community and, recently, Complete Care at Brackenville for their kindness and care they have given to our mom.
Jean is survived by her five children, Beverly Zinkowski (Richard), Debbie Delaney, Pam Sachs, Janet Hagan (Jim), and Bill Fincher (Linda). She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Dan Delaney (Kelly), Lindsay Sachs, Sam Sachs, Jamie Hagan, Kyle Hagan, Connor Hagan and Noah Fincher. She had two great grandchildren, Quinn and Avery Delaney and a sister, Dena Koerner. Jean was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lou Helms.
A Celebration of Life and burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Girl Scouts of America www.gscb.org or The Wounded Warriors Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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