Fay Craddock Finley Scholarship

This scholarship honors Fay Craddock Finley and was established by Mary Alice and Suzanne Jackson for a music major at USAO.

Finley lived in Verden all of her life and attended Verden High School where she was an All-State basketball player.

She and her husband. W. Aubrey, farmed and ranched north of Verden. In 1953, the couple moved to the home they built in town.

In the early 1950s, she began working for the Verden Prairie Gin as a bookkeeper and retired in 1978.

Finley was a member of the Verden First Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher. She was the matriarch of her family but also was greatly loved by her Verden family and church family.

She made the most beautiful handmade quilts which she gave to her children and grandchildren. She also was a wonderful cook which she passed along to her children and grandchildren as well.

The kids of her church and of Verden loved her and called her ‘Granny Faye.’

“Anyone who knew Fay Finley knew her as a go getter,” said her children and grandchildren. “One day when Fay was 13 years old she was leaving the Prairie View Missionary Baptist Church and she overheard several boys in a discussion about a horse one of them had. The horse's owner didn't think anyone of his friends could ride the horse without being thrown off. She promptly told those gathered that she could ride the horse but wanted to know what the prize was. After digging in their pockets the boys gathered 37 cents for the prize money.

“Fay rode the horse but paid dearly with blood all over her only Sunday dress. After her mother was told about this episode she insisted Fay return the money and be punished. Her dad intervened and thought she should be allowed to keep the money, which she did; but was still punished by Grandma Susie.”

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