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Marlene Olivia McFarland

October 20, 1931 February 29, 2020
Marlene Olivia McFarland
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Obituary for Marlene Olivia McFarland

Monday, March 9, 2020
Visitation 3:00 -7:00 p.m.
Brookins Funeral Home
9315 S. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60620

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Wake: 11:00 a.m.
Funeral: 12:00 p.m.
Trinity United Church of Christ
400 W. 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60620
I was born October 20th in the year of our Lord in Birmingham Alabama and was Claud and Thelma Adams’ youngest child. I had one sister, G.G. They all preceded me in death. G.G. was my best friend and confidante.

I came to Chicago at an early age where I graduated from Jean Pointe Baptiste DuSable High School. I graduated from Woodrow Wilson Junior College (now Kennedy-King College), attended Peer Business College, and John Marshall School of Real Estate Law, where I received my real estate license. I was the first Black accountant at Robert Barclays for years. Later, I worked at Accounters Community Center for fourteen years until I obtained my real estate brokers license and opened an office in 1987, McFarland Kare Realty. I was honored and given an award for Black Businesswoman of the Year in the early 1990’s.

I accepted Christ at a very early age, and was a faithful member of New Hope Church for many years. Later, I became a faithful member at Accounters Center of Faith under the leadership of Mary M. Mays, metaphysical minister/teacher until she made her transition. In the early 1980’s, I was ordained by my spiritual leader Mary M. Mays. I joined Spiritual Enlightenment Center, then started frequently visiting Trinity United Church of Christ and became a member October 5, 1997 under the leadership of Dr. Jeremiah Wright. After Dr. Wright’s retirement, Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, III became my pastor who I love and admired. As a faithful member of Trinity, I attended every bible class I could take under Reverend Clyde White. I was in the Housing Ministry until I joined the Healing Ministry. Praying for people was my greatest passion. I also facilitated the Tough Love classes that helped me more than the people who came. After I was afflicted with sciatica nerve pain I facilitated from home until I had knee surgery. I love my Accounters family and I love my Trinity Family.

I married Edward Hinton in September 1949 and from that union I raised 4 children: Edward, Jr. (who proceeded me in death), Ricardo, Lawrence (who also proceeded me in death), and my only daughter, Karen (Clyde).

In 1979, I married my soul mate Henry McFarland (who proceeded me in death). We both sang in the choir together and was the duet couple at Accounters Center of Faith. We loved to sing and travel. After his death I began traveling with my spiritual daughter Vanessa and her family. We both overcame the fear of flying together.

Vanessa thank you for everything! We have laughed together, cried together and prayed together. We overcame our fear of flying and being a lone together. We traveled together and with the family to many places. We were so transparent with other and I love you so much! Remember what I told you.... you can still talk to me anytime. Tell Archie we can now watch our favorite shows together. I love you all

Karen Dunson, my other spiritual daughter. It has been a wonderful spiritual journey with you. We have laughed cried, prayed and praised God so much. Keep praising, praying, and lifting God up. I wish I wasn’t so vain, but I was. You, Reverend Heard, and my daughter tried; however, I can be stubborn (you know what I am talking about). I might get a little spanking from The Father. Lol…I love you.

Annie you came into my life as my agent in 1988 until I retired a few years ago. Who knew you would be my best friend. We were so transparent with each other. You at times were my left and right hand. You were an ear to listen and a hand to hold. There’s so much I want to share about you, but I don’t want you to start crying my little/big sister. I love you. Slow down and smell the roses.

Clyde, the first few years was rough waters for us. But God said peace be still and we both grew together. You have been the ideal son to me. You have been there for me through all my ups and downs. I can’t think of not one time you told me no when I needed you and I know my daughter is going to be just fine because she has you. You have so much love compassionate and patience with her. I love you and thanks for everything.

My son, I love you so much and want so much for you. Thanks for the things you did for me and wanted to do. I know living so far away you couldn’t come and do for me, you knew your sister and brother in law was taking good care of me. Never feel guilty about not being able to come see about me because of your illness. I know you loved me and didn’t like to listen. There is one final thing you can do for me , let your sister take care of you. It’s just the two of you now. I love you, my son.

Jasmine, Loreal, Codie, and Timothy I will continue to pray for your mom’s full recovery. You girls are doing a wonderful job caring for her. I love you all and I am proud of the women you have become. Timothy you are a daddy now, be a good father, and you girls…take care of my house. Lol

Marlena, Erica and Dionice…when needed you were there, thanks for the good foot massages, preparing meals for me, the good rub downs, the bed rail, the bell, the chicken pot pies, all of our family gatherings, sharing, caring and laughing. I am so proud of the women you all have become. Take care of your parents and each other. I love you all.

Lil Rick, Dion and Gina, I didn’t see you much because of the distance between us, but I loved you so much and want you all to take care of your dad and each other. I’m happy for the times we were together. When you visit Chicago you will have to raid your aunts fridge now, mine is closed.

Sabrina and Edwina, my first grandchild and first granddaughter, even though you all moved away in your adult years you stayed connected. When you called we talked for hours and shared things no one else knew. I am proud of the women you have become. Continue to take care of each other and Lavern. I love you both.

Leslie, thank you! I love you so very much. You were another grandsone to me. Continue to take care of your parents.

My sweet lil daughter, you told me I was your wind beneath your wings, but you are my wind beneath my wings. I told you you were my she-ro. You are everything I wanted to be. Your faith, strength, your compassion, your love for your family and your friends. You were my rock and you took care of me. I know it’s been hard these past few years and I am sorry that I didn’t show you how much I appreciated you. I know you tried to be the best daughter in my world and you were. God has put so many women in your life who you lovingly called sister, but God gave you two God-fearing women who would cross many oceans to come take care of you. So, I can rest knowing Gwen, Louella, Annie, Vanessa and Karen will keep you afloat. You are now the Matriarch! I love you and I will always be as close to you as your heart.

I leave to cherish my memories my son, Ricardo Hinton, my daughter, Karen Eddings (Clyde), thirteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, ten great-great grandchildren; five great-great-great-grandchildren; niece, Michele Spears; nephew, Dion Gray; four special daughters, Gwen Norman, Louella Bryant, and Vanessa McCaskill; two very special Friends, Annie Russell and Karen Dunson; a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard His call, I turned my back and left it all.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savoured much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.

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