Martha Ruth (Sharpe) Finley was born in Memphis Tennessee to Miles Sr, and Sallie T. (Thompson) Sharpe on March 24, 1937. She was the eleventh child of twelve children.
At a very early age the Sharpe's moved from Memphis, Tennessee to San Diego, California. Coming from a religious household, her mother Sallie T. Sharpe was the founder of Kingdom Church of God where Martha accepted the Lord at an early age.
Marth completed her education from elementary school to high school where she attended and graduated from San Diego High. While a student at San Diego High she trained and worked for Pacific Bell Company. Upon graduating she became a full-time employee for Pacific Bell.
Martha worked for Pacific Bell and ATT for 40 years as a dedicated employee. She loved working for both companies, she said after working that long all she wanted to do was sit or lay in her bed with the remote control and watch TV all day, every day just relaxing and thinking of doing nothing if that's what she wanted to do.
Martha loved volunteering at her church, she worked in the church office under the leadership of Pastor Reginald L. Gary, she received the nickname Mer-Mer. She was committed and a great help. She remained committed, faithful and an active member until her health started to decline.
Mer-Mer was truly a sports fan a true Laker girl. She would be at home sitting all geared up and ready to get her scream on. She was a die-hard Charger fan until the big move, she said. She was a true Laker fan to the heart. Every game she would pull out all her gear and get ready for them to play and she cheered for her basketball and football teams.
Martha Ruth (Sharpe) Finley was preceded in death by her parents Miles and Sallie Sharpe, her daughter, Kimberly Danelle Finley, five brothers; Robert, Lonnie, Miles, Phil and John Sharpe; six sisters, Mary M Sharpe Blevins, Viola Sharpe Hudson, Sarah Sharp, Leila Sharpe Perkins, Ernestine Sharpe Allen, and Rosa Lee Sharpe Burks.
Martha Ruth (Sharpe) Finley leaves to honor her legacy Salli (Finley) Clayborne and Travis Smith of San Diego; Crystal Finley of San Diego; Alyce Rochelle (Finley) Gray of Las Vegas. Extended family Cathy Tate of Jacksonville, Florida; Valerie Wilson of New York; Gwen McSwain of San Diego and Stephanie Mallory-Hunt of San Diego; Kim Wilson of Temecula, CA and Tanya Wilson of San Jose, CA; sister-in-law: Leila Sharpe and Clara Sharpe of San Diego; grandchildren: Tyrce Clayborne, Sr; Tausha Clayborne; Dewayne Gilbert; Jamar Harvey; Latoya Pinson; Isiah Beemen; Akil Beemen; Devon Beemen and Aisha Brown. great-grandchildren: Tyrce Clayborne Jr; Tachela Clayborne; Tania Clayborne' Tomia Clayborne; La'Tre Jacquess; B'andre White; Jatoria McDuffie, Janiah Pinson; Jeramiah Jones. great-great-grandchild: Tyson Clayborne and many nieces and nephews. Martha also leaves a host of extended family and friends to mourn her home going.