Lise Finley

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1967 – 2020

On Wednesday, December 02, 2020, Lise Finley, beloved mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and fiancé, passed away at the age of 53.

Lise was born November 16, 1967, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Lindell and Jean Stevens. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education, from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. She received her Master of Education in Education Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma.  She spent her career in education striving to make a difference in the lives of her students. She met and married Brian Finley, whom preceded her in death in 2010. They lived in Edmond, Oklahoma, and raised their daughters Pyper Finley Wood and Blaike Finley. She was very involved in her daughters’ lives and loved spending time with them.

She enjoyed volunteering and was very involved with the nonprofit, Pellow Outreach, Inc. She was a Netflix aficionado, and enjoyed binge watching shows and movies to discuss with her family.  After her daughters left the nest, she babied her dogs, Toto and Peanut, and took them everywhere with her. She enjoyed spending weekends at the lake with her fiancé, Joe Pellow, and the dogs. They enjoyed traveling and the beach.  Her favorite meal was a banana split from Braum’s, with chocolate ice cream on both ends with marshmallow topping, and strawberry on strawberry in the middle—no nuts!

Lise is preceded in death by her husband, Brian Finley, and her grandparents, John and Geneva Stevens.  She is survived by her parents, Lindell and Jean Stevens, her daughters Pyper Finley Wood (Austin) and Blaike Finley, her granddaughter, Rhett Wood (Pyper), her fiancé, Joe Pellow, her sister, Lynn Barrett (Todd), her niece, Morgan Barrett, and her dogs, Toto and Peanut.

The family is holding a private service and asks for privacy during this difficult time.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to her favorite nonprofit, Pellow Outreach, Inc. 6601 NW 118th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73162 or

35 thoughts on “Lise Finley”

  1. The Proctors

    Lise made such a difference in my older girls lives. She took them under her wing and helped them navigate and thrive in their tough middle school years. They loved her dearly. Sweet Blaike, we love you and will be praying for you and your sister and the whole family. ❤️

  2. We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Lise was so sweet and kind and my sons, Ian and Justin, loved her. I enjoyed being around her; she was a true bright and shining star and always made me happy! She will be missed.

  3. Maricia Duhart and Imani Patterson

    Lise, I am in awe as I just found out of your passing. I miss you dearly. Sending prayers, peace and comfort to your family during this difficult time.

  4. Anne-Marie Martin

    I am so saddened to hear of Lise’s passing. I worked with her in PC Schools. She was a wonderful and kind person. May her family find some peace.

  5. Lise and I enjoyed many hours watching our daughters, Blaike and Caroline, cheer together. Caroline and I are truly saddened by her passing. Thoughts and prayers are being lifted for the family.

  6. Richard & Tracy Coleman

    Lynn, Pyper and family, We are so sad to hear of the tragic loss of you sister and mom, our hearts go out to you all and you will be in our thoughts & prayers in the days to come. May you find comfort in each other, peace in the good memories you share and strength in the knowledge of eternal love for you all.

  7. Beth, Kerri & Shane Fecht

    Jean and family, we are so sorry for your loss – our prayers are with your family.

  8. Some of my favorite high school memories were in Mrs. Finley’s class and when she was my cheer coach. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending all of my love. ?

  9. Hunter Arnold

    Ms Finley you helped me get through the toughest times in high school I will always remember you. I will never forget you.

  10. Jean, you and Lise were so precious to me at OCA! I’m praying for you and all the family! ❤️

  11. Tina Howard Bevel

    Jean, Lynn and family. Candy Crown Buser and I shared some wonderful memories with Lise and you. You have very special places in our hearts. It’s my understanding Lise gave much value to so many…
    I definitely can see this from her. May God continue to wrap his arms around all of you. You are in our heart and prayers.

    Tina Howard Bevel

  12. Melanie and Dylan Hartman

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was a great teacher and touched many children’s hearts including my son Dylan . RIP Mrs. Finley

  13. Meredith Graham

    I am in such shock to hear of this! Lise had a heart of gold and loved her students beyond all expectations. The many lives she touched will not be forgotten, nor will she. Prayers of comfort.

  14. Jill Thompson

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Lise was a very special person. I know how much she meant to Joe, as well as so many others. She will be missed by all. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Difficult time…But also a time to celebrate an amazing woman who was able to impact so many lives. Thoughts and prayers.

  16. This is such sad news. Lise was an amazing teacher, and a great friend to me at OCA. Prayers for her sweet Mom, her daughters, and the rest of her family. Love you and RIP sweet friend!

  17. Mashburn Girls

    Lise and I shared many laughs and white knuckles as we watched our girls cheer many years ago. I’ve always loved Blaike dearly. Such an amazing young woman. Prayers for the entire family during this time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  18. Shelby Cortez

    This saddens my heart. She motivated me to get up and go to school. She was always there for her students. Anything you needed or if you needed to talk she was there to help you. Always ready to put herself last and others first. I admired her for that. I considered her my second mom. She touched my life in so many ways. Fly high Mrs. Finley you won’t be forgotten. You were a blessing and I am so glad I got the opportunity to be around you. Much love and you will be remembered ?

  19. Ron Stevens - Paula Jones

    So sorry. Such a wonderful young lady, beautiful soul, and niece was Lise. Prayers for all.

  20. I am so sad for all who loved Lise. I have not seen her in many many years, but she was one of the very first who befriended me when I moved to Edmond in the eighth grade. I have very fond memories of her and her family from back then. May God bless you-her family with peace and healing…and may God bless her sweet soul. ??❤️?

  21. Jill Bonewitz

    My heart is broken, Ms. Finley was my number one confidant while in middle school and high school, she will be missed forever. I’m so sorry for your family. I pray she know what a difference she’s made in my life as well as many others.

  22. Julie Reeser

    I am saddened to hear of Lise’s passing. It has been years since I last saw her, I think it was at a Bunco game!
    Sending all her family condolences.

  23. Rodd and Jennifer Beer

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Lise. Our daughters were the best of friends when we first moved to Edmond. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  24. Tammy & Chloe Agnello

    Lise was one of the first parents that ever reached out to me when Chloe began cheering at Twist and Shout. I will never forget her helping put the new parents on the right path for success. Such a special lady! She will be missed. Jean & Blaike we are thinking and praying for you guys and your family! Love – Tammy & Chloe ♥️

  25. Brenda Robinson

    I am deeply saddened. I became a teacher because of Lise. I was a communication major and she talked me into going into education so we could spend summers going to the lake. She was the very first person I met at UCO and my best friend all through college. Of course we ended up in different cities and kids happened. We only talked on Facebook lately and I deeply regret that. I will always remember her fun personality , our amazing college days and our road trips. I will be praying for you all.
    Brenda Robinson

  26. Tommy Rutledge

    I had the distinct honor or working daily with Lise during my time at PCN, 2000-2003. She made the world a better place! There is now a void due to her absence.
    I offer my most humble condolences to the family!

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