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Patty Sue (Goble) McFarland

1952 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Patty Sue (Goble) McFarland Obituary
Patty Sue (Goble) McFarland was born May 23. 1952 to Lee W. and Mildred Zora (Compton) Goble. She was their sixth daughter. Her older sisters chose Patty for her name, and Sue honored her grandma, Susie Hinton.
As a baby, she was bounced around by four big sisters and cried to be put into her crib. As a small child, she was known to run away to the neighbors or go across town to Grandmas.
She loved school. She said, "The first day of school was great because I had new shoes and clothes, and new pencils and paper. I got to see all my friends. And, new crayons. I can't forget crayons. Brand new crayons!"
In high school, she had great friends and was involved in band, cheerleading, 4-H, church, and any activity where help was needed and fun things were happening. She graduated from Akron High School with the class of 1970. She said, "My friends are still my friends forty-six years after graduation."
She attended college in Greeley for a short time, but like a lifetime friend said, "I was interested in intellectual things, but Patty was interested in heart things. She was truly, the most giving person I have ever known."
She and Kent Douglas O'Neil were married July 3, 1975, and to this union were born two sons: Jonathan West and Patrick Aaron.
She and James Edward McFarland married on Valentine's Day, 1987. Their love was sweet, and they lived together thirty years enjoying their blended family and attending events, usually together.
Patty was a caring, optimistic person, and she always had time and a sweet smile for anyone. She was artistic, talented, and lived life sharing her joy of the mountains, the beach, and time with family and friends.
Patty loved the Caribbean. Close to the ocean, she felt peaceful. She could usually be found walking the shore picking up shells.
The Fourth of July, next to Christmas, was her favorite holiday. Her home, clothes, and jewelry reflected her admiration of our red, white, and blue. She was a true patriot.
Miniatures, crystals, hearts, and hummingbirds were her treasures, and she knew who gave her each one.
When you visited Patty, she would always offer you cookies, or snacks. When she came to visit, she would bring casseroles or breakfast rolls. When she went camping, she would have her car loaded with food, blankets, and chairs for everyone. If it was needed, Patty had it within reach.
She loved to have fun. If there was a gathering for a birthday or holiday, if possible, she was there. She would bring gifts, many she made herself, and often something for everyone. She was the last to leave the party. She didn't want to miss a thing. She was thrilled to be involved.
Patty loved God, her family, and especially her two sons, their wives, and her six grandchildren. Her eyes would sparkle at the mere mention of their names. She never missed their activities if she was physically able.
On February 1st, 2017, at the age of 64, our sweet Patty Sue joined the celebration waiting for her in heaven. She fought leukemia (AML) since October 2015 and was cancer free in December 2016. In January of 2017, she was diagnosed and hospitalized with pneumonia, RSV, and parainfluenza. Her lungs and immune system were too damaged to recover.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Kay, her grandparents and both parents. She is survived by her husband, James McFarland, her sisters Marva Lee, Zella Mae, Vicky Marie, and Jennifer Jo and husband, Cal West.
She is survived by son, Jonathan, wife Kimberly Corinda (Horn), their children Lina Lane, Thomas West and Kathleen Louise; son, Patrick, wife Stephanie Jo (Glosson), their children Molly Jo, Macklin Kent and Micky Aaron; Kent O'Neil and wife Betty (McMillian) who supported her continually.
She is also survived by Jim's three children: Daughter, Sharil Lynn and children Tony, Marcus, Gloria Marie and Malika Marie; Son, Dustin James and his wife Melanie Joy (Good); and daughter, Marie Annette and her husband Trava Faris Tschannen and children Cherokee Dawn, Dylan James and Dalton James
A friend, after her passing, said it well, "She lived a life better than most. She married her love, raised boys who love her, lived to know her sweet grandchildren, had good friends, and loving sisters. Really, the years she lived are the best ones."
A funeral service will be held Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Foursquare Church of Akron. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Colorado Hospital Cancer Center.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Feb. 9, 2017
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