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Ronda Sherl McFarland entered into the presence of her heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 21, 2005, after sharing her life with her family and friends for 56 years.
She was born February 1, 1949, in Montrose, Colo., the daughter of Dayton and Reba (Ferris) Lawson. On Dec. 8, 1967, she was united in marriage to Elza Gene “Mac” McFarland, and this union was blessed with two children.
Ronda led a rich and varied life. She field-trained and showed purebred dogs for 30 years; solely owned and operated an automotive radiator shop; was a valued employee of Emerson Electric and also Wal-Mart. She was a highly organized person and a pillar of strength for her family.
She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, growing flowers and especially loved her puppies. With her Christian disposition, she embraced her commitment of love to her husband, children and grandchildren. She worshipped at the First General Baptist Church in Ava.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
Ronda is survived by her loving husband, Elza “Mac” of the home; one son, Chris McFarland, of Marshfield; one daughter, Shelly Bell and husband, B. J., of Ava; four grandchildren, Amber and E. J. McFarland, of Marshfield, and Arianna Davis and Megan Bell, of Ava; two brothers, Jerry Lawson and wife, Frances, of Kanapolis, NC, and Rick Lawson and wife, Donna, of Cassville; other loving relatives and many caring friends.
Visitation will be Friday evening, June 24, between the hours of 7-8 p.m. at the First General Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 25, also at the First General Baptist Church, under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ava, with Rev. Robert Roberts officiating.
Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Wasola.
Memorial donations may be to: Neighbors Helping Neighbors, c/o Barnes Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 65, Ava, MO 65608.