Lois A. McFarland

Funeral services for Lois A. McFarland, 51, Topeka, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home in Topeka. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Atchison.
She died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center.
She was born Aug. 8, 1957, in Atchison, the daughter of Richard E. and Mary Ellen Murphy McFarland.
She received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1979 from St. Mary College in Leavenworth. After graduation, she worked for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services before moving to Houston. She taught second and third grades as well as elementary ESL in the Houston area and in the Auburn-Washburn School District from 1993 to 2002.
She enjoyed reading, travel and volunteering with her care home, Atria Hearthstone. She also enjoyed knitting and playing word games.
Survivors include a daughter, Courtney Grimes, Lawrence; a brother, Bruce McFarland, St. Joseph, Mo; three sisters, Karen Shufflebarger, Topeka, Colette Haugsness, Atchison, and Paula Higley, Topeka; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents preceded her in death.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. before services Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, sent in care of the funeral home, 2801 S.W. Urish Road, Topeka, KS 66614.
Online condolences may be sent at kevinbrennanfamily.com.