Kathryn G. McFarland, 91, of Bryan, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2011, at the College Station Medial Center. Arrangements are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan. While no services have been planned at this time, memorial donations may be sent to The Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services at www.pchas.org, or the Brazos Church Pantry.
Mom was born July 7, 1919, to Harry C. and Mattie B. Garnett Gritton, in Madison, Missouri. At age nine her mother passed away and she was raised by her beloved grandma, “Susie.” After high school mom attended Gem City Business College in Quincy, Ill. During this time she met and married Edwin F. McFarland on April, 19, 1941 in Paris, Mo. They shared a special marriage and friendship of 65 years until his death in 2006.
Mom held secretarial positions in Kansas City, Mo., and Memphis, Tenn., during dad’s service in WWII. After the war mom held an executive secretary position at TAMU in support of dad while he earned his Masters. After graduation with dad’s employment by Texas Planting Seed Association she worked as a secretary for KRGV-TV in the Rio Grande Valley.
When children came on board she converted to the role of fulltime mom. When kids reached high school age mom returned to work as a legal secretary, helping Neely Lewis start his law practice that would later become Lewis and Bryan Attorneys at Law. When dad retired in 1981, she did also. Mom enjoyed her activities in First Presbyterian Church, and volunteering as “Pink Lady” with St. Joseph Hospital, The Church Pantry, Meals on Wheels and other organizations.
Devoted wife, mother, and friend, mom’s infectious laugh, sense of humor, and devotion to friends, and family, will be missed by all who knew her.
What do you say about or to your best friend, teacher, advocate, and advisor, but to give thanks and a huge Thank You. Thanks for the experiences shared under your all encompassing umbrella for my entire life. What a time we had. I’m especially thankful and blessed for the last 6 years we had together – what a run. God Bless and Thank You, Mom.
Mom was so blessed to have special people in her life in her final years. Special thanks to longtime friend Carol Lewis; Bill and Cecilia LaBarge; Dr. Kelly Grillo; Miranda and Rhianna of Scott & White; Kelley, Johnnie, Wendy, Dava and the staff at Southern Care Hospice; Charity and Edna of Texas Home Health; Drs. Rohini and Kuppvsomy Ragupathi and Becky.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Harry, Harold, and Howard Gritton.
Kay is survived by her sons, Michael Mark McFarland, Kevin K. McFarland and wife Brenda; grandchildren, Krystelle and Kat, as well as numerous great grandchildren.Print This Obituary