Virginia Holt McFarland
1920 - 2020
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Virginia Holt McFarland
Virginia "Ginnie" Holt McFarland, passed away on Saturday evening, the 11th of April 2020, in Urbana, Ohio where she lived with family. She was 99 years of age.
A Houston resident for most of her adult life, she always will be remembered for her love of children and her tireless dedication to the organizations benefiting them.
Virginia was devoted to Texas Children's Hospital where she served on the Board of Trustees for decades and was the hospital's representative to the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions for many years. She also fervently supported the mission of the Neuhaus Education Center where she was a Founding Board Member and a Lifetime Trustee. She extended herself in support of multiple organizations, including Children at Risk, The Parish School and The Junior League of Houston. During the early 1990's, Virginia served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Junior Leagues International.
Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, William and Scott "Tot" Holt; her dear husband, Russell McFarland; her young son, William Scott McFarland; and an infant son, Russell Stewart McFarland. She is survived by her daughter, Virginia "Ginger" S. McFarland; her son-in-law, Richard J. Oriez; her grandchildren and precious great-grandchildren of the Oriez family; and beloved cousins and relatives among the Chambers, Dickson and Schrutka families in Texas.
A private interment is to be conducted at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, attended by long-time family friend, Rev. Margaret Desmond.
Arrangements for a private memorial service are pending.
In lieu of the customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Mrs. McFarland's name may be directed to Texas Children's Hospital, Office of Philanthropy Suite 5214 (in support of Renal Research), P.O. Box 300630, Houston, Texas, 77230-0630; or to St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas, 77056.
Please visit Mrs. McFarland's online memorial tribute at where memories and words of comfort and condolence may be shared electronically with her family.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 19, 2020.
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May 7, 2020
V McF - Old friend... I have missed you. I am so sad about your mother - I kinda felt it in my heart and pulled up her name on line. She was a very special lady and friend. You, your mom and Tot were all SO special to me. Ya'll were gifts in my life. Hope all is well with you otherwise. HUGS and keep me posted, please. Genie
April 21, 2020
Ginger, your mother was one of the kindest people to have walked this earth. She was so caring and also such a positive person. I feel blessed to have known her. Stephanie Stewart Jamison
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April 20, 2020
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April 19, 2020
Mrs. McFarland/Virginia was a true treasure. She was such a staunch advocate for children and for Texas Children's Hospital and all who worked there.

I was lucky to have been touched by your loved one and will always remember and cherish her affection and warm support for the work I was doing with children with immune deficiency.

My sincere condolences for your loss . The sky is dimmer this month with her passing.

Celine Hanson, M.D.
April 19, 2020
Ginnie was a beautiful person in every sense of the word. She made the world a better place to live in. I am so lucky to have known her.
Carla Burns
April 19, 2020
Many have lost a lovely friend in Virginia. I worked for Burt Dunbar, M.D., at Texas Children's Hospital and always delighted in a visit from Virginia. She was a very uplifting, bright light in the day. My Condolences to your family.
Angel Johnson
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