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Gladys McFarland

February 24, 1955 - April 19, 2024

Burial Date: May 11, 2024

There will be a memorial service held at The Mount Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church, 69 Rowan St., Danbury, CT 06810 on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11 A.M. services have been entrusted to Colonial Funerals 270 West Main Street, Waterbury CT and James R Sanders, Funeral Director. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.

Gladys McFarland, 69, of Danbury, CT, passed away on April 19, 2024, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Gladys was born on February 24, 1955, to Belton Sr. “Bigga Poppa” & Willie Mae McCarley. After graduating from Danbury High School in 1973, she studied psychology both at Western Connecticut State University & Central Connecticut State University.

Throughout her years in college, Gladys worked a few jobs including a late night shift at a diner, and began part-time work with Davis & Geck. Unfortunately, Gladys was never able to complete her college degree (and please note that she was only a few credits short. She always wanted people to know that). Gladys went on to continue working for Davis & Geck from 1973-1990.

When Gladys was 22, she met Guy McFarland, and they wed in May of 1985, going on to have 3 children, Davida, Kyle, and Anitra. Gladys and Guy also took in and raised her sister’s 4 children, Rahshanda, Chantelle, Michael, and Brian.

After her time at Davis & Geck, Gladys was chosen to head Amos House Inc., a transitional living facility for women and children. She held the title of Executive Director from 1990-2018. Gladys dedicated her life to raising money, writing grants, and lending a hand to those who could not help themselves. She worked tirelessly within the community of Greater Danbury ensuring those who had less were seen, heard, and taken care of. She made it her mission to improve the lives of others. While working full-time, Gladys never stopped being a superwoman. She was a fantastic, loving, kind, and wonderful mother. No words will ever describe what she meant to her husband, children, and extended family.  Her home was deemed, “the house on the way.” Anyone in the family who needed a place to stay, a helping hand, or a listening ear was welcomed.

Gladys was passionate about her family, and when she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found pretty much anywhere being the life of the party. Her silly nature and infectious laugh brightened every room she entered. Her favorite films were sci-fi and B-rated science fiction held a special place in her heart. Gladys relished nature and being outside, enjoying camping and taking regular trips with her family. Gladys loved music and singing. She took voice lessons in her 40s and was able to sing a few vocal performances in New York City. Her deep, rich voice gave those who were lucky enough to hear it sung the most beautiful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Not only did she sing in New York City, Gladys also sang in her respective church choirs both at Bright Clouds Ministries (Faith Church) and most recently, The Mount Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church. Gladys was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and held deeply to her faith. Gladys was a gift we were all blessed to experience. She will be missed greatly.

Gladys was predeceased by her parents Bigga Poppa & Willie Mae McCarley, her brothers, William “Billy” Johnson, Melvin (Leia) McCarley, Bobby Colyier, and George “Alfred” McCarley, and her sister Betty McCarley. She is survived by her husband, Guy S. McFarland, her daughters, Davida McFarland, and Anitra McFarland, her son, Kyle (Natasha) McFarland, two granddaughters, Naomi Golding and Amelia McFarland, her brother, Belton “Bucky” McCarley, her sisters, Juanita (Melvin) McCarley, Louise (James “Ray”) Hawkins, and Cheryl Danzy, and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

The family would like to thank Regional Hospice and Nurse Sarah for their care of Gladys. Sarah’s professionalism, education, and kindness provided the family with comfort during the difficult time Gladys was home on hospice care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Gladys’ home church, The Mount Pleasant A.M.E Zion Church.

There will be a memorial service held at The Mount Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church, 69 Rowan St., Danbury, CT 06810 on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11 A.M. services have been entrusted to Colonial Funerals 270 West Main Street, Waterbury CT and James R Sanders, Funeral Director. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.