This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Marlita (Marty) McFarland who was born in Kansas on July 11, 1950 and passed away on June 05, 2009 at the age of 58. We will remember her forever.
Marty passed away peacefully in her sleep around 3:00am (Tanzania time). Her passing was totally unexpected. The autopsy found no conclusive cause. The doctors said it was most likely an arrhythmia of the heart.
Funeral services and burial were held on Wednesday, June 10th at 2:00pm in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. It was a very nice outdoor service under some big tents. Around 350 people were in attendance and the weather was beautiful. A large number of Tanzanian pastors expressed their appreciation for the positive impact Marty had had on their lives and ministries. A memorial service for Marty was held on July 18, 2009 in Wichita, Kansas at West Side Christian Church, 1819 W Douglas. It was a beautiful and fitting service and well attended by people from Wichita and from across the United States. My sincerest thanks goes out to those who helped with the funeral and burial in Arusha, Tanzania and the memorial service in Wichita, Kansas.
For those of you who are interested in using Google Earth to see the grave site location, the coordinates are -03 19.155, 36 39.078.
The following text is Marty's obituary:
McFarland, Marlita "Marty" Kay, 58, went to be with her Lord peacefully in her sleep on June 5, 2009. Her passing was unexpected. She was born in Wichita, KS on July 11, 1950. Marty received her high school diploma from Wichita West High in 1968 and a Bachelor degree from Manhattan Christian College in 1972. She was married to Larry Jansen from 1970 until 1983. Marty was always very active in her church, including teaching a class for several years. She was a gifted teacher, always smiling and full of love. Marty married Steven Kent McFarland on April 1, 1988, in Wichita, Kansas. She was employed by the Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas as a graphic artist and test engineer from 1983 until 2000, at which time she moved with her husband Steve to become missionaries in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. During her 9 years in Africa, Marty provided administrative support consecutively for three mission organizations in Arusha: Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF), Pamoja Ministries, and Key Connections Ministries (KCM). On Wednesday, June 10th funeral services were held and, per Marty's request, her body was laid to rest in Arusha. Around 350 people were in attendance for the lovely outdoor ceremony. A large number of Tanzanian pastors expressed their appreciation for the positive impact Marty had had on their lives and ministries. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne Tomek & Rosada Janda and step-father, Vit Peter Janda. She is survived by her husband, Steven Kent McFarland, three children: son Matthew Jansen (Natalie) of Wichita; daughter Rachel Jansen of Arusha, Tanzania; and son Nathan Jansen of Chicago, IL, three brothers: Steve (Joanie) Tomek of Erie, CO; Pat Tomek of Kansas City, MO; and Jack Tomek of Wichita, four grandchildren and many dear friends both in America and Tanzania. She was loved and will be missed by all.
A memorial service for Marty is scheduled for July 18, 2009, in Wichita, Kansas at West Side Christian Church, 1819 W Douglas. The service will begin at 10:30AM followed by a potluck dinner in the fellowship hall (meat and drinks provided). A love offering will be received to assist Steve with his unexpected expenses during this time.
loved friend / Cyndy And Mike Heck (Friend)
We were best of friends when Marty lived in Indy. We did everything together. I was looking her up on face book when I saw the obituary. She was a very special person. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven.
A Kind Heart / John Huffman (Friend, Co-worker )
I worked with Marty and Steve at Boeing. Knowing each of them was a joy! I will always remember Marty's good humor and warm smile. She was one of those people who you just knew from that start had an open and kind heart. We ca...
Thinking of you / Barbara Osborne (College roommate )
Marty and I became friends in high school. She was a strong infuence in my decision to join West Side Christian Church and to go to Manhattan Bible College. Memorable moments included when we set fire to the girl's dorm because we left a hot plate on...
friend / Dennis Leierer (friend)
deepest sympathy to your family. Marty was a great person & friend...many great memories with Steve & kids. I learned to ski with Marty & Steve.
Sorry about your great loss / Irene Werth (her mom Rosada married my Uncle Vit )
My sister Alice and I met Marty after the death of our Uncle Vit and Aunt Rosada (her mom) what a sweet lady so sorry to hear of God taking her so early in her life.
Marty, we loved you / Mary Ann Truex (friend)Read >>
The Connector / Dick &. Betty Borchard (Marty worked for me part of the time she was at Boeing. She traveled with Betty and I, and Bill & Fran Bottoms, to Philly on the LHX helicopter program. Great memories )Read >>