Longtime Scott Valley resident, Rosamond Kathleen Fincher, 88, died at her home in Enterprise on March 12, 2003, following a long illness. She was born at her grandmother's home in Bayles Station near Calistoga, Calif., to Charles and Crystabell Foster.

After growing up in the Napa and Sonoma, Calif., areas she married Aaron Fincher in 1931 and started ranching in the Scott Valley area in 1948. Mrs. Fincher worked as a bookkeeper and was an accomplished china painter. Other hobbies included gardening, jewelry making and travel. After her husband's death in 1986, she moved to Eastern Oregon, bought a motel, and later opened an adult foster care home which she operated until retiring at the age of 80.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Benjamin of Redding, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, Darrel and Susan Fincher of Yreka, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Dave Wergen of Enterprise; sisters Theo Ashton of Davis, Calif. and Dorothy Bergren of Napa, Calif.; 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a daughter, Phyllis Dowling.

A gathering will be held to celebrate her life on Sunday, March 30, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Yreka, Calif.

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