Sara M. McFarland, 84, performer

June 24, 2006

Sara M. McFarland, a homemaker who performed in amateur theater productions, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 84.

She was born Sara Murphy in San Diego and was raised in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Peabody College, now part of Vanderbilt University, in 1943.

During the 1940s, Mrs. McFarland performed at the Nashville Community Playhouse and summer stock theater in New England.

She was married in 1946 to Frank Russell McFarland, a horticulturist, who died in 1998.

In 1976, she received a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Egypt with her husband to study cultural arts.

The longtime Towson resident appeared with local acting groups, led tours at Hampton Mansion and volunteered with the Estelle Dennis Ballet Company.

Mrs. McFarland enjoyed travel and collecting antiques.

A memorial service for Mrs. McFarland will be held at 2 p.m. July 9 at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane.

Surviving are a son, Neal Douglas Frazier McFarland of Towson; a daughter, Katherine Parr McFarland of Carlisle, Pa.; and her companion, Robert C. Hook of Cockeysville.

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