Finley, MadonnaMadonna Maria Crowder Finley passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 25th 2015, Christmas Day. Dawna was the youngest of four children born to Leo and Winifred Crowder on September 10, 1950 in Whittier, California. With three older brothers, William, Daniel, and Robert, the quintessential beautiful blonde California girl was athletic and competitive. Her career in sales caused her to travel throughout the United States, and for a time she and her former husband, Robert Finley, lived in Atlanta. In the late 1970’s, Dawna returned to Southern California and settled in Irvine where she had a long career working for the City of Irvine, retiring from Irvine’s Emergency Preparedness Office. She loved Irvine and the first responders with which she worked. Dawna was gregarious. She loved people. She loved her family deeply and her friends were family. She also loved her neighbors. Dawna could often be found outdoors talking to her neighbors and even playing sports with the neighborhood children. When out to dinner, she would go missing and be found chatting up the chef. Similarly, she never met a shop clerk that she couldn’t engage in lively conversation. She loved going to live theater with her friends, and she loved music. Dawna could also be solitary. She loved her garden, filled with plants that she had nurtured from clippings taken wherever she found a plant she appreciated. She also loved to read, and enjoyed a few select television series and old classic movies. She is survived by her brother Danny Crowder, nephew Chris Meldner and his family, and her beloved cousins Niles, Gaylord, and Debbie, and numerous friends and neighbors that she loved dearly. She was taken from us far too early and will be sorely missed. The memorial service will take place this coming Saturday, January 16th, 1:00 PM at: Community Church, Congregational, 611 Heliotrope Ave., Corona del Mar, CA 92625

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