Barbara JoAnn McFarland, 56, of Patterson, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 22, 2020, at her sister’s residence, following a short illness.

Born in Crestline, OH April 22, 1964, she had lived in OH for several years before moving to Pierce and Ware Counties since 1998. She was a counselor for Unison Behavioral Health and was a member of First Church of the Nazarene where she had been the Children’s Church Teacher as well as serving in several other capacities. She loved to do crafts, color, read and write books and poetry.

She was a daughter of the late Ralph Edward and Patricia Ann Troutman McFarland.  

Survivors include her siblings, Rosie Arowood and Adaline Miller (Christopher Goff), all of Patterson and John H. McFarland and Kevin McFarland, both of Blackshear; 10 nieces and nephews, Christina Bersch (Joshua Jackson), Johnathan Miller, John M. (Rebecca) McFarland, Christopher (Megan) McFarland, Cody McFarland, Scott Austin (Holly) Miller, Colton (Johnna) Miller, Robert McFarland, Krystal McFarland and Rose McFarland; 14 great-nieces and great-nephews with two on the way and several other relative and friends.

The family will have a memorial service in the coming weeks. 

Memorialization is by cremation.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the funeral home to help with her arrangements.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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