Cara Sue Finton, affectionately known as Shorty, passed away at the age of fifty-six on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at her home in Warsaw, Illinois.
Cara was born on July 31, 1964, in Carthage, Illinois, the daughter of Maurice and Nellie (Summers) Cummings. She was united in marriage to Matthew “Matt” Finton on November 4, 2000, in Basco, Illinois. He survives.
Cara loved people! Her defining trait is that love. She loved working at the Carthage mental health workshop packing boxes, cleaning tables, and even mowing, because she enjoyed the folks there so much. She loved to walk around Warsaw and see everyone. "Shorty" was very well known to all. Cara really had a great time at the Lighthouse Worship Center in Hamilton, especially with the women's group. She spent time journaling, doing puzzlebooks, listening to music, and watching the Cubs, all while drinking her favorite beverage, Pepsi. Most important, though, has always been family. The highlights of Cara's life were road trips with Matt, sitting in the truck next to him and seeing where the road would take them, and every summer going to the family reunion, where she could catch up with everyone and celebrate her birthday at the same time. She will live forever in the hearts of all who loved her.
Cara is survived by her husband Matt Finton of Warsaw, Illinois; two brothers Robert “Bob" (Ty) Cummings of Basco, Illinois, and Jim (Robin) Cummings of Robinson, Illinois; her sister Ellen Coultas of Charleston, Illinois; her aunt Vera Zigler; her uncle Harry Summers; and eleven nieces and nephews: Misty Haskins, Carrie Cummings, Mindy McLeland, Christy Lozano, Renea Starr, Traci McNeil, Lori Stoll, Ashley Bailey, Bob Cummings, Travis Seidel, and Craig Coultas. Other survivors include many other great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Cara is preceded in death by her parents Maurice and Nellie Cummings, her brother Maurice Jr. and his wife Charlotte Cummings, and her niece Laura Diane Cummings.
Cara’s life will be celebrated with a funeral service at 1 pm on Monday, September 14, 2020, at Printy Funeral Home, 317 Main Street, Warsaw, Illinois. Burial will follow at the Lutheran Cemetery in Warsaw. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, with family meeting friends from 3 to 5 pm. In honor of Cara’s life-long love of the Chicago Cubs, attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Chicago Cubs attire to the visitation and funeral. For the safety of those attending, masks and social distancing are encouraged.
The Finton, Cummings and Summers families are asked to bring a Pepsi and a mask and meet at the beautiful Ralston City Park, 430 N 4th Street in Warsaw at noon on Monday (one hour before the funeral) to have a Pepsi toast in celebration of Cara.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family of Cara Finton in care of Matthew Finton.
The family would like to especially thank Lexie and her associates at the Carthage Mental Health Center for always being there for Cara. They would also like to thank all the friends in Warsaw who looked out for her as well. A special thank you also goes out to Lee County Hospice for their caring and knowledgeable assistance during the final difficult days, and for going above and beyond the call of duty.
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