Toya Thompson Finzel, 83, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at her home in Rixeyville, with two of her daughters by her side.
She was born on May 2, 1935, in Washington, D.C. , to the late Mary W. and George Mark “Tommy” Thompson.
Toya graduated in 1955 from Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. She worked as a registered nurse at Garfield Memorial Hospital, Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C., and Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church. She was a nurse for 18 years at Hematology-Oncology Associates in Fairfax and five years at Sunrise Assisted Living in Northern Virginia.
Toya attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton and was a secular Franciscan. She was a longtime auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary. After retirement, Toya greatly enjoyed volunteer work; she volunteered for Fauquier Health, the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition and Brookside Nursing Home. Toya sponsored several children in Central America and one elder in Africa through Unbound.
Toya received excellent care from the nurses at Fauquier Hospital Infusion Center and Capital Caring Hospice.
She is survived by her five children, Lewis Jack Finzel of Oakland, California, Laura Evans of Menlo Park, California, Colleen Jackson of Wilmington, Delaware, Jacki Finzel of Rixeyville, and Sharon Finzel of Carrollton, Georgia; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and her brother Steven A. Thompson of Springfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Jack Finzel, and and infant son, John Joseph Finzel.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, with a Rosary at 3:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. Interment will follow in Stonewall Memory Gardens near Manassas.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or to Autism Speaks.org