June 7, 1917 – November 9, 2018
Mildred "Tiny" McFarland of Charleston, WV passed away on Friday, November 9, following 101 years of a full and wonderful life. Tiny was born to Walter and Ethel Lucas on June 7, 1917, near Grafton WV. She was a graduate of Grafton High School, and the Cook Hospital School of Nursing in Fairmont, WV. Following graduation, Tiny began her 23 year nursing career working at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston where she was loved by her patients as well as the doctors and nurses she supported as Head Nurse. In addition, Tiny was an active volunteer for Charleston Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, and 55 Plus doing blood pressure readings throughout the Kanawha Valley. She was a Methodist, and was preceded in death by John, her husband of 53 years, who died in 1992. John and Tiny had a truly wonderful life together. They married in 1941, and John dubbed her "Tiny". As members of the Ina Webb club, John and Tiny travelled to many wonderful places during their marriage. After retirement, they visited 49 states as well as several European countries. They ballroom danced at the Charleston Passepied Dance Club, and were devout WVU fans, where they held season tickets for over 60 years. Tiny also enjoyed knitting, music, the arts and live theater. More than anything, she loved spending time with family and friends. In addition to her husband John, Tiny was preceded in death by her brother, Osborne, and sister, Frieda. She is survived by her nephew Dwain, his wife Tammy, and their daughters, Ally and Karly, who were inspired to follow their Aunt Tiny into the career of nursing. Tiny is also survived by her sister-in-law, Virginia Lucas, as well as several other nieces and nephews. Service will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 11:00 AM at the Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, West Virginia Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313 with Pastor Steve White officiating. At her request, there will be no visitation prior to the ceremony. Above all else, Tiny would want to be remembered as an extremely happy person, who dearly loved her family and friends. She would always be the first to say that she lived a wonderful and fulfilling life. We know she is now celebrating her long awaited reunion with her beloved husband John. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Bettie J. Burdette RN Nursing Scholarship, WVU School of Nursing, 3100 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25304 or Charleston's Meals on Wheels program. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.
- Graveside Service Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Maripat and Joe Wright
November 13, 2018
Tiny is part of my earliest memories --I met her when I was three months old. Tiny and John were my parents ' best friends and were a second set of parents for my brother and me. They were an integral part of our lives. When Joe was doing his medical training at CAMC, he said he learned as much from Tiny as from any of the doctors.
When my parents were gone, Tiny and John became substitute grandparents for my children, and Tiny spent Thanksgiving at our house for many years. She was part of all the important events in our family during her long and wonderful life. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. She is irreplaceable.
With love, Maripat and Joe
November 13, 2018
We extend our sympathy and condolences to Tiny's family and friends as we all remember her extraordinary gift of friendship and her enthusiastic love of life. I especially appreciate the friendship she and I enjoyed during our stay in Charleston when we were neighbors. We always loved going out to dinner and attending the theater performances and music events that she loved and introduced us to as newcomers to the area. We miss you Tiny and will forever be blessed for having been friends for twenty years. We Thank God for meeting and knowing you.
Connie & Dave Smidt