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Miss Gertrude Manly "Tut" McFarland, 90, of Dalton, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at her residence.
Tut was born in Dalton to the late Judge James A. and Gertrude Manly McFarland (Jolly) on July 19, 1926. Tut was educated in the Dalton public school system and at LaGrange College where she received a bachelor of arts degree in speech and drama.
Tut spent her entire career teaching Dalton children. She taught speech lessons in Dalton Public Schools from 1947 to 1969, then taught third grade until 1991. Although Tut was passionate about teaching, her first love was the theater. Most of her early summer years of her teaching career were spent at Barter Theater in Virginia, then later conducting theater tours in New York City. Other summers she spent on another one of her favorite activities which was traveling. Tut has traveled extensively and has spent time exploring all seven continents.
Tut was an active member of the Dalton Little Theater for almost 60 years and served on the theater's board of trustees. She loved participating in local plays and storytelling in costume at local historical events.
Tut was a very active member of the Lesche Club, where she served as president and historian. She was also involved in the Pilot Club of Dalton for 56 years and served as president, vice president, secretary, district Anchor Club chairman and club chaplain. Tut was an active member of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society since 1976 and served as a board member of the Friends of the Library, member of Dalton/Murray Retired Educators and Dalton Garden Club. She volunteered at the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce for 20 years.
Tut was a lifelong member of Dalton First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for 60 years. She was active in the Wesleyan Services Guild and United Methodist Women where she served as devotional presenter. She directed many church drama productions and was the church historian.
Tut dedicated her life to teaching, volunteering and serving others. In recognition for her many contributions to the community, Tut was honored at the Dalton Toast of the Town in 2016.
Tut is survived by her sister-in-law, Frances (Bitsy) McFarland; her nephew, James Stuart McFarland Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Dalton; nieces, Linda M. Pearse and her husband, Robert, of Saratoga, Calif., and Mary Stuart M. Wagner and her husband Brian of Clayton, N.C.; and her many great-nieces and nephews.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Dalton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tommy Willingham officiating.
Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends in the atrium of the church on Monday from 1 to 2 p.m.
The family asks that flowers be omitted and memorials made to Dalton First United Methodist Church, c/o Saturday Sacks, 500 S. Thornton Ave., Dalton, GA 30720.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com.
Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton, is in charge of arrangements.
Published on April 27, 2017
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