Forever in our hearts…

Dear friends and supporters of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston,

It is my sad duty to inform you that our dear friend and supporter Anne Marie Finch perished in a terrible house fire at her farm in Kentucky. She had her beloved dogs Cookie and Chief with her that evening and they passed along with her. We offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends(of which she had many) and to her husband Lloyd Schwing, who is,understandably, inconsolable at this point in time.

Anne Marie was an advocate for the rights of girls and women. Anne Marie served on the board of directors from 2009- 2013, and was board chair in2012. Most recently she was an active member of our advisory board. She believed in the mission of Girls Inc. and lived that mission every day.  It was her hope as board chair, that some day, Girls Inc. of Greater Houston would have a center so that we may serve more girls in need and she was willing to work to make that happen.

She  was an enthusiastic, bright, passionate woman who did everything with a great deal of finesse and zeal. Serving as the board chair of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston in 2012, Anne Marie was my greatest supporter. Girls Inc.could always count on Anne Marie to show up - including coming to the annual national conference and representing us kindly at a round table about boards and transitions in difficult times.

While brilliant, she led with her heart and was compassionate and kind in some of the most difficult of situations. She had an incredible sense of humor and a great sense of adventure. She loved to sing and when we had an event with Maureen McGovern - Anne Marie would sing Maureen's biggest hit from the Poseidon Adventure - always in tune - at the beginning of every meeting.

She was also wise and offered sage advice and gentle guidance when I didn't know where else to turn. I considered her a friend and a mentor. Like many -I will miss her sweet smile and warm hugs.

She never left a life unchanged once she touched it and I know mine had changed for the better having known her.

She will be forever strong, smart, and bold.

Rita Kirkup

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