EAST BOOTHBAY -- Arlene T. McFarland, 94, died July 9 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.
She was born July 13, 1918, in Skowhegan, to William and Annie Bixby Tibbetts. She grew up in Athens and graduated from Somerset Academy. She later graduated from nursing school at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
She worked part time at Redington Hospital in Skowhegan. She worked for more than 30 years at Togus VA Hospital as an operating room nurse until she retired in the late 1970s. She was a member of the Farmingdale Snowmobile Club and Boothbay Region Land Trust.
Family was the most important part of her life. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, wintering in Florida and rock hunting. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress and made many quilts. She was also a wonderful hostess who enjoyed hosting parties for the women in her neighborhood.
She was predeceased by her husband, Benson McFarland, and brothers Lawrence and William Tibbetts.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Hargreaves, and her husband, John, of Farmingdale; sons Donald McFarland and his wife, Kathrine, of Gardiner, and David McFarland and his wife, Beverly, of East Boothbay; sister Virginia Klucz, of Vernon Hills, Va.; grandchildren Jeremy Hargreaves and his wife, Jessica, of Greenville, Jacey Morrill and her husband, Jason, of North Yarmouth, Jared Hargreaves and his wife, Kim Stevens, of Medford, Mass., Brad McFarland, of West Gardiner, Sara Tweedy and her husband, Mark, of West Gardiner, Bobbi Jo McFarland, of Waldoboro, Angel McFarland, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sonja Thiboutot and her husband, Dusty, of Boothbay Harbor; and 15 great-grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, followed by a service to celebrate Arlene's life at 4 p.m. at Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home, 975 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay. Burial will be in the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Arlene's memory may be made to the Boothbay Region Land Trust, c/o Little River Dam Project, P.O. Box 183, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.
You are invited to share your condolences with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 975 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay.