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Cora E. (Jones) McFarland

1865 - 1923

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, July 26, 1923; contributed by Barry Caraway

Mrs. R. J. McFarland Dead

This community was deeply shocked and grieved Tuesday afternoon, July 24th, 1923, when it was learned that Mrs. R. J. McFarland had died in Temple, where she was recently operated upon for cancer. The body was brought to Burnet and will be interred Thursday morning in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Bro. Hocutt, Methodist pastor, conducting the service.

Mrs. McFarland was a good woman in its truest sense-a loving kind and helpful wife, a devoted mother, a faithful, consecrated Christian, and a neighbor and friend universally loved. She is survived by her husband, R. J. McFarland, and nine children, as follows: Mrs. Lula Frazier of south Texas, King McFarland of this place, Mrs. Annie Hereford of Tow, Mrs. Nora Cummins of South Texas, Mrs. Willie Hereford of Burnet, Rufus McFarland of Burnet, Mrs. Ed. McDaniel of this county, Cliffton McFarland of this community, and Miss Thelena of Burnet. The loved ones are heart-broken over the loss of their dear mother, who is awaiting them in that better world beyond the grave.

The Bulletin joins the hundreds of friends of the family in extending condolence and sympathy in their sad bereavement.




"The Old Order Changeth," and the brave men and loyal women, who as pioneers of this county, are answering the "last roll call" and passing on to the Great Beyond, and such was the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Cora Edna Jones McFarland was born in Travis County, Texas, September sixteenth, 1865, and moved to Burnet County, with her parents at the age of sixteen years, and resided here till her death, which occurred in Temple sanitarium. July 24, 1923. It was not the privilege of her loved ones to be with her when the last summons came, but her loving Saviour piloted her over the dark river.

On January 1st, 1884 she was united in marriage to Rufus Jack McFarland and to this union ten children were born -the first born dying in infancy. Those surviving of Burnet are: King McFarland, Mrs. Willie Hereford, Mrs. Lillian McDaniel, Rufus McFarland, Clifton McFarland, and Mrs. Miss Thelena, Mrs. Lula Frazier of Odem, Mrs. Annie Hereford of Tow Valley, Mrs. Nora Cummings of Aqua Dulce, her mother of Ft. Worth, five brothers, two sisters and twenty five grand children are left to mourn her sad demise. Her father preceded her in death two years ago. Mrs. McFarland was truly a daughter of the Confederacy, her father was a volunteer in the war between the states and served with loyalty, the Confederate cause, the entire four years of that terrible struggle-as did four of her uncles, and one Uncle, James Jones, "sleeps in the bivouac of the dead"-he was killed in the last battle fought in that memorable war, and later when the World war was on, her son, Rufus McFarland was with those who were battling for their country.

For thirty-five years Mrs. McFarland was a devoted member of the Methodist church, training her children to live a God fearing life and "In teaching them how to live taught them how to die"-it was her happy privilege to see all her children united with churches of their choice.

Numberless friends in Burnet County are saddened at her death, the missionary society of the Methodist Church feel deeply their loss, as she was a cherished member of their society and the Order of the Eastern Star realize that "In the measureless realm of time, how brief is our earthly life; yet how momentous and eternal its issues" and sorrow with the loved ones, who mourn the death of Sister Cora McFarland, whose membership lengthened the golden chain of this noble order. " Sincere sympathy is extended to the sons and daughters, and to the heart broken husband, who so happily journeyed through many years of contentment with his devoted wife.

The funeral services were held at the tabernacle, her beloved pastor, Rev. Hocutt, officiating and the Order of the Eastern Star held their impressive burial service. Quantities of fragrant flowers covered the casket and grave and all that was mortal of this beloved one, was tenderly laid to rest, awaiting the resurrection morn and waiting beyond the river to welcome her loved ones to their eternal home "in that land where separation and death are known no more, forever"


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