Barbara Tolar McFarland
November 1, 1949  -  December 27, 2018

Barbara Tolar McFarland


Funeral Service
Trinity United Methodist Church
1000 D Ave.
Carrizozo, NM  88301
Saturday, January 5, 2019
11:00 A.M.
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Barbara Tolar McFarland was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on November 1st, 1949 and passed away peacefully at home in Nogal, New Mexico on December 27, 2018.

She worked for 30 years as a special education teacher and loved her students. She had an enormous impact on many children. Of her many contributions, one of the most significant was the establishment of a life skills learning facility in Cleveland, Mississippi. Throughout her life, where ever she lived, the community benefitted from her generous spirit, especially children in need.

Anyone who spent any time with Barbara knew what an artistically gifted person she was. She had a passion for arts and crafts. So many of her family and friends were fortunate enough to receive many unique and beautiful creations made by her.

In 1983, she met Boyce “Mac” McFarland while they were living in Virginia. On June 29th, 1985, she began her adventure as an Air Force wife. Together, they were stationed in various locations to include Izmir, Turkey and several places in the United States. Even with all of the moves, she never lost her southern roots. When Mac retired in 1994, they both taught school in Porterville, CA and eventually settled in Nogal, New Mexico.

She had a fabulous sense of humor. She loved a bargain. We know that anything that is not tied down in heaven is monogrammed.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband, bonus son Dominque Figiel (Gulay Figiel), bonus grandson Cyrus, bonus daughter, Lisa Forster (Richard Forster), and bonus granddaughter, Rayanna, all of whom she loved as her own. She is also survived by an extensive, loving family.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, January 5th at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1000 D Avenue, Carrizozo, NM 88301. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital or The American Cancer Society.

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  1. Jerry Gardner
    Clarksdale, MS

    Mac, I just heard about Barbara and Linda sent me the obituary. I am really sorry to hear this and hate I didn’t know earlier. Have you and family in my prayers 🙏

  2. Frances Forster
    Zachary, LA

    I only me Barbara one time at my son and Lisa's wedding. She seem like a very lovely lady. So sorry for her passing.

  3. Frances Forster
    Zachary, LA

    I only me Barbara one time at my son and Lisa's wedding. She seem like a very lovely lady. So sorry for her passing.

  4. Dom Figiel
    Aurora, CO

    I met Barbara through my Dad (Mac). I was in high school then, and later lived with Dad and Barbara in VA. I went to NM during my senior year and then to Izmir, Turkey. Barbara actually taught me for a day! I’ll never forget her Coke and cheddar cheese Pringles we shared together all the time. I will miss her and remember her as a Mother role when I was growing up.

  5. Suzanne McDuffie
    Greenville, MS

    Dearest, you were and are "my sister from another mother." Since time has never meant anything for us, I hope to see you soon. Love you always.

  6. Darry and Ann Hardy
    Cleveland ms, NM

    Cousin but more like a sister

    Miss her already

  7. Carol Ann Manning
    Moselle,, MS

    How I loved Barbara. So many sweet memories from college. I am so glad we got to visit again before she became ill. God bless Mac and her family now with peace and comfort. Praying for you.

  8. Beverly Bass Hegwood
    Hot Springs, AR, NM

    May God hold this family close as they morn.

  9. Alva PaL AL
    Evans, GA

    Barbara was a dear dear friend. We worked together in Cleveland, Ms in 1973-76. We have kept in touch ever sense then! She definitely was a one of a Kind Jewel! She never met a stranger and made a lasting impression with her sincere interest in the people she did meet! She loved All of her Special students unconditionally and they loved her back. I am a better person for having known and Loved Barbara.
    Prayers and Hugs.

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