1917 - February 27, 2009
Eunice McFarland, a longtime Moffat County resident, died early in the morning Feb. 27, 2009.
She was born April 6, 1917, in Beresford, S.D., to Ludwig and Esther Erickson. She married Hugh McFarland on June 16, 1937, in Beresford and moved to Craig to live on the family farm in the Big Gulch area.
Their two sons, LaVerne and Valden, were born at the family home. Her husband died in 1964, and she stayed at the ranch in the summers and moved to town each winter. She loved being at the ranch and always enjoyed having company stop in for a visit.
She was known for her beautiful gardens and yard, and many people enjoyed the fruit of her labors.
Eunice was very talented with her sewing and crocheting. She made many lovely quilts and doilies that many of her friends and family received as gifts. She had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed bantering with her younger friends, who always loved to visit with her. On the day of her death, one of her favorite young people said "the world is a worse place today," and that is so true.
Eunice is survived by her son, LaVerne McFarland, and his wife, Barbara; granddaughter Jennifer McFarland, of Hurst, Texas; daughter-in-law Valarie McFarland; grandchildren Nicole Grubb, and her husband, Doug, of Aurora, and Casey McFarland, of Craig; great-grandchildren Kayle, Dane and Olivia; brother Orlin Erickson, of Arvada; sisters Wilma Bryne and Fern Bryne, of Sioux City, Iowa and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Hugh, son Valden and brother Emerald.
Memorial services were at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor John Turner officiating.
Music was provided by longtime friend John Allen, and Wayne Davis. Selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In the Garden." Nicole Grubb wrote a story for her grandmother, which was read and enjoyed by all.
Honorary pallbearers were Casey McFarland, Doug Grubb, Doug Willems, Rod Willems, Randy Pugh, Tom Deakins, Cody Deakins Jack Gray, Doug Wagoner and Kayle Binns.