DAWSON -- Anna Hannelore "Han" Lambert Finley, 76, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Funeral services will be held at the graveside in Cedar Hill Cemetery at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 12, 2012. The Rev. Dr. Joe W. Clift and Mr. Ray Stiltner will officiate.
Anna "Han" was born in Marienborn, Germany on January 14, 1936 to the late Heinrich Lambert and the late Elisabeth Barbara Wolfgang Lambert. The house she was born in has been in the Lambert family since the 13th century.
Han resided in Albany from 1960-1996, when she retired and moved to Sasser. She had a long and successful career as an entrepreneur. Han was best known for her cooking. From 1971-2004, she owned and operated such fine dining restaurants as Han's Fine Dining and Seafood Restaurant in Radium Springs, Han's at the Radium Springs Casino, Han's West on Gillionville Road, and Han's by the Sea on St. George Island, Florida. In addition to being a restaurateur, Han and her husband, the late Charles Finley, Sr., owned Sowega Personal Care Home in Sylvester, Georgia.
Han's love of cooking came from her German grandmother, an expert in French cuisine. Since her retirement in 2004, Han's focus became her growing family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing bridge, knitting, and fishing and watching football and golf. Han's devotion to the art of cooking remained with her after retirement as well. She will be greatly missed and her memory will remain in the hearts of everyone she loved.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Heinrich and Elisabeth Lambert, and her husband, Charles Elbert Finley, Sr. Survivors include her children, Heinrich Finley (Gail) of Leesburg, Elisabeth Hughes (Robby) of Loganville, Ellen Dierkes (Michael) of Canton, Cindy Salter (Don) of Dawson, and Chuck Finley of Leesburg; brother, Carl Lambert (Annelisse) of Germany; two nieces of Germany; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Terrell County, P.O. Box 311, Dawson, GA 39842. Those wishing to sign the online registry may do so at www.harveyfuneralhome.com.
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