Etta Genene “Gene” Gardner Simque Finch, 82, of Sheridan passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at the Sheridan Manor surrounded by her loving family.

Genene was born on November 13, 1934 in Hamilton, TX to James Ivan and Faye Athleen (Pruett) Gardner. Etta married Nicholas Simque on May 1, 1952 and together they had four children. Later she married Harvey Finch on June 15, 2001.

Genene enjoyed singing, and at age 17 she sang hymns for a radio program. She liked dancing, traveling, and her dog Princess Dhyana. She opened the Snow King hotel in Jackson as their first Sales Manager, she directed the Chamber of Commerce in Riverton, and loved community theater. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi and First Baptist Church.

Genene was preceded in death by her parents, late husband Harvey Finch and her brother in law Leon Stiles. She is survived by her children Evelyn (Ron) Gernaat of Sheridan, WY, Kathy (Bill) Courtney of Dayton, WY, Nick (Beajay) Simque of Gillette, WY, David (Juli) Simque of Lake City, FL, her sister Eva Lee Stiles of Sheridan, WY, her brother James “Jim” (Ann) Gardner of Sheridan, WY, twelve grandchildren, Christopher, Amy, Ryan, Heather, Valerie, Nichole, Brittany, Amanda, Aaron, Anson, Arri, Arica and eighteen great grandchildren.

Memorials to honor Genene can be made to the Sheridan Manor Activities, 1851 Big Horn Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801.

A Visitation will be held at 9:00 am prior to the Service at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Kane Funeral Home with Wes Roberts officiating. Interment will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery followed by a reception in the Kane Reception Hall.

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Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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