Helen Frances McFarland

June 27, 1913 - November 15, 2013
Helen Frances McFarland

Helen Frances McFarland, age 100, of Leland, died on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.
She was born on June 27, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York to the late William F. and Helen A. Turnbull.

As a very devoted Irish Catholic, Helen was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was very active with the Long Island Senior Citizens Club, running all of their trips and luncheons. Helen was also a member of the Rosary Society of Long Island. She was an avid traveler and loved gardening.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Edwin Spencer McFarland, grandsons, Davin Rogers and Kevin McFarland, and sisters, Violet Tobin and Lillie Thomas.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Rogers; son, Richard McFarland and wife Paula, all of Leland; grandchildren, Brendan Rogers, Suellen Durdaller and husband John, Christopher McFarland and wife Wendy, and Liam McFarland and wife Melissa; and great-grandchildren, David, Julia, Alyssa, Sean, Micaela and Patrick.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, 412 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. The family will be receiving friends from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1404 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • November 17, 2013
    Robert and Sheryl Beil says:
    Our thoughts are with you.

  • November 18, 2013
    Patricia Broadwater Herrmann says:
    Dear Kathy and Rich, Our sweet Angel Helen is in heaven at last. It has been wonderful knowing such a wonderful woman. To sit and listen to all her stories from her early life was such a pleasure. And, to think she never forgot a recollection from so many years ago. I will miss visiting her and holding her sweet hand while she caught up on news of the day. Helen, was so fortunate to have such wonderful caring chilren. Love, Pat

  • November 19, 2013
    Ana says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. Hope these words give you a new hope.

  • November 19, 2013
    Peggy Verlangieri says:
    Dear Paula, Richard & family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. She sounded like an amazing woman! In our thoughts & prayers! Peggy Verlangieri & Family