Born and raised in the small town of Boonville, Indiana, Ms. McFarland recalls being the only African-American student in the one-room schoolhouse she attended as a child.
After earning her teaching credential from Indiana State University, Ms. McFarland returned to teach in the same schoolhouse where she had once studied, but she later eloped because state law at the time forbade teachers to marry.
After moving to Los Angeles with her husband, Ms. McFarland worked as a computer operator for the Department of Water and Power until retiring, which allowed her more time to travel the world collecting dolls. Ms. McFarland currently enjoys reading mystery novels and working in the Regency Pak Astoria gardening patio.
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