Maria 'Mary' McFarland

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Maria “Mary” Emilia McFarland, 73, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, May 17, 2020, at her home in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born on May 12, 1947, to Philip and Albina (Torres-Blanco) Gregory at Santa Maria Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. Maria graduated from Huntington Park High School in California. She also graduated from Methodist Hospital Nursing School in Dallas, Texas, with long-time friend, Gloria Kucera, and then they both worked for Dr. Craig Boyd in downtown Dallas. 

Maria was united in marriage with John Peck; they were later divorced. Three daughters were born to this union: Maria, Windy and Cinnamon. She then married John McFarland on March 28, 1981, and three children were born to this union: Kathryn, John and Gregory. 

Maria was a nurse for most of her life; she eventually retired. She was a member of the Faith Community Church, where she taught children on Wednesday nights and helped in the kitchen. Maria was also a Cub Scout den mother for many years. Maria enjoyed traveling, bowling, spending time with family and grandchildren, and going out to eat.

Maria is survived by her husband, John McFarland of Prairie du Chien; six children, Maria (Edward Brown) Peck of Flint, Texas, Windy (William) Mezera of Bagley, Cinnamon (David) Wilkins of Prairie du Chien, Kathryn “Kat” McFarland of Praire du Chien, John McFarland Jr. of Prairie du Chien and Gregory (Mariza) McFarland of Cheltenham, Pa.; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five siblings, Natalie (John) Juarez of Fontana, Calif., Philip (Carolin) Gregory of Centralia, Wash., Martha (Oliver Kloehn) Yaeger of Banning, Calif., Bernice O’Hara of Southgate, Calif. and Barbara (Aurelio) Macedo of Oakland, Calif.; and childhood friend, Charlene Vartanian of California.

Maria was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Roy and Alfred Gregory.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Visitation will be Friday, May 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Faith Community Church, Prairie du Chien, and one hour before services at the church on Friday. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Faith Community Church, Prairie du Chien, with Pastor Paul Losik as the officiant. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Prairie du Chien. 

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, is helping the family with the arrangements.

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