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January 15, 2014

McFarland Jan. 9, 2013

Rosetta Ruth McFarland died Jan. 9 in Avon.

Born June 25, 1929, in Long Island, Kan., she was a daughter of William and Jeanette (Walcott) VanDeWege. She married Marvin Hardy on March 22, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in Almena. He died in an automobile accident in February of 1961. She married Joseph McFarland on June 1, 1966, at the First United Methodist Church in Norton.

Mrs. McFarland graduated from Long Island High School in 1947. She went on to Bethany College and Fort Hays State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1957. She gave private piano, organ and voice lessons and taught in the Long Island and Almena school systems, before becoming music supervisor for the Hays elementary schools. She moved to Norton and taught music there for 16 years.

She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Norton.

Mrs. McFarland and her second huband enjoyed camping and saw much of the United States while pulling their camping trailer. They enjoyed going on tours and traveled throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S.

She also enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting and quilting.

She moved to Avon in 2008 and joined Bartlett Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Pamela McFarland Nickolaus (Dan) of Avon; sisters Roxanne Cox of Long Island, Kan., and Karyn Gunzelman of Sylvan Grove, Kan.; and grandchildren Benjamin Nickolaus of Huntsville, Ala., and Claudia and Caroline Nickolaus of Avon.

Preceding her in death were a stepmother, Thelma Graf, and a sister, Sharyn.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Norton, Kan.

Calling is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Enfield Funeral Home in Norton.

Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home in Plainfield handled local arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the McFarland family at www.hamptongentry.com.

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