Staci René McFarland

Staci René McFarland, 51, a resident of New Braunfels, Texas was called home unexpectedly to walk through the gates of Heaven on August 12, 2019. She was born on March 26, 1968 to proud and loving parents, Gary & Lillie McFarland in Galveston, Texas.

Staci graduated in 1986 from Santa Fe High School and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Art from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 1995. She pursued and obtained her certification as an advocate for children in ARD, a special education program recognized by The Texas Education Agency. Staci spent her career as a public-school teacher in Bastrop, Texas. She was a caring daughter, mother, grandmother “Weezah”, sister and friend to many.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving parents, Gary “Spanky” and Lillie McFarland; grandmother “Nanny” Agnes McFarland; daughters, Lyndzi Moody, and Sydni McFarland; son, Jayke McFarland; one grandchild Everlie Grimes, a brother, Shawnn McFarland and wife Kristi; nephew Gauge McFarland, niece and god daughter Shelbie McFarland; Aunts and Uncles Joe and Barbara Amato; Robert and Dedra Amato, and Great-aunts Joyce Amato and Betty Cornelius (Russell). As well as very special family friends Aunt Edie Dunn and Aunt Margie Bowling, numerous cousins, family members and friends. Staci’s dearest friends: Brenda Eakin, Val Bernard, Ronda Burleson, Wendy Feldpausch, Andrea Phillips.

She is proceeded in death by her grandparents Joe and Gloria Amato, her grandfather Roy McFarland, her cousin Heather Amato, and great-grandmothers Lily Amato and Agnes Devantier.

She was very close to her parents and enjoyed being in their company as often as possible. Her daddy was her first best friend and biggest fan. Sharing recipes, attending The Nutcracker Market, and playing bingo with Nanny Amato are some of the many things her and her mother enjoyed doing together.

Her children are the apple of her eye and could never do any wrong. They were her pride and joy, next to her heavily flocked Christmas trees, of course! This was all true until she became a Weezah. When Everlie came along no one could hold a candle to the love she had for that sweet baby!

Staci was excellent at playing softball and soccer, and truly enjoyed it. Making her nickname “Tiger” from her father a perfect fit.

Staci was a 4H leader, involved in FFA and volunteered at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She loved to dance, especially two-stepping and swing. Attending concerts was one of her favorite past times. She recently took her Mom to a Billy Bob Thornton concert!

She was a very sentimental person, often enjoying family traditions such as Italian dances (chicken dance and che-la-luna) and the annual ravioli making day. She also had a knack for writing poetry, short stories and songs. She put her heart and soul into each poem she wrote for family and friends who had passed on.

Staci loved road trips, antiquing and junking. She could find a treasure anywhere and could find a use or importance for all of them. Often not being able to let them go easily.

Her life-long dream was to move and live in New Braunfels. That life-long dream was realized in 2016, when she moved to New Braunfels.

In her honor a visitation will be held on August 19, 2019, from 5pm to 8pm at Crowder Funeral Home Chapel in Dickinson, Texas. A funeral service will be August 20, 2019 at 11am in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Hitchcock, Texas.

Serving as Pallbearers: Donny Cleary, Tom Glover, Michael Amato, Joe Amato III, Marty Ginn, Greg Sampson, John Crowder and George Gates.

Honorary Pallbearers: Andy Amato, Andy Jastal and Frank Tambrella

In lieu of flowers please donate to: Staci McFarland “Weezah” Fund for Everlie Grimes at Texas First Bank in Santa Fe 12402 Highway 6 Santa Fe or mail to P.O. Box 608 Santa Fe, Texas 77510.

A special note from Staci:

Love your life.

Take pictures of everything.

Tell people you love them.

Talk to random strangers.

Do things that you are scared to do.

So many of us die, and no one remembers a thing we did.

Take your life and make it the best story in the world.

Don’t waste it!



  1. Staci, I know that you are letting everyone in heaven know who you are and sharing that quick wit and all of your funny little says. You always had me laughing every time we talked. You had the kindest heart and didn’t share it with everyone, I feel special because you let me see who you were. Even when I was sick you would make me a big batch of chicken soup and bring it to me, always taking care of others. I Loved sharing snow cones, sitting in Landa Park and talking. Rest in peace my sweet friend.

    Lots of love,
    Andrea Elliott

    Andrea Elliott
  2. Oh my, this made me cry and smile. Sandra Bradley

    Sandra Bradley
  3. Lillie and Gary and all the family I am sorry for your loss.
    Cherish all the time you shared together, the best, the good, and the bad. Enjoy pictures and memories and allow yourselves to laugh, cry, and to grieve as you will and take as long as you need.
    I only knew Staci a little but I know she made a huge impact on a lot of her family and friends. May her smile and wit be with you always.
    My love and thoughts are with all of you at this time.

    Ann Marie Marullo Metherd
  4. May the dance never stop spinning you round and round to the beat that leads you to continues smiles my friend…till we dance again. ❤

    Henry Decker
  5. Sending love,light and prayers to all your family and friends. We went to school together from a very young age. You always made me laugh you had the best sense of humor. You will be missed by many and never forgotten. Gods speed my friend, line them up and keep them strait in heaven which I know you will.

    April A LaPoint
  6. Gary and Lillie and to all who loves Staci, Aunt Joann and I want you to know our hearts are sincerely hurting for all of you!!! We deeply regret that we cannot attend the services, but please know our prayers, our hearts and our thoughts are with you at this time!!!!!!! We love you all Aunt Joann and Linda Nichols

    Linda Ingram
  7. Staci,
    You were the first to call me “ Aunt Dedra”! You and Shawnn welcomed me into the family right away. I so wish I had been able to see you one last time so that it wouldn’t have been our “last” time. We had many one-on-one heart-to-hearts and I hoped they helped in some way. I hope your soul is now at peace and you and Nanny Amato are having a grand ole time together in Heaven. You are missed and will continue to be missed in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. We love and loved you!

    Aunt Dedra

    Dedra Amato
  8. Gary and Lilly so sorry for the loss of your daughter, I was so blessed a few days before she passed she contacted me thanks to facebook and we talked a short few minutes and she shared personal thoughts with me about your mom Gary. Love you both so much never will i forget the little red haired girl standing in Aunt agnes kitchen in Santa Fe bless you both. Rest in peace Staci love you love your cousin and friend Cheryl Nichols

    Cheryl Nichols Montalvo
  9. Staci, May you rest in peace and enjoy all of our loved ones who were happy to welcome you to your eternal reward. Please say hi to all the Mallias. Praying for comfort for all your friends and loved ones. Especially your Mom, Dad, children, Aunts, Uncles and cousins whose hearts are aching because you are gone, and it will take time for happy memories to start to fill the hole in our hearts. 🙏😭😘🌹

    Mary Ann Mallia Kirklin
  10. Staci,
    Thank you for always being there for Shawna and the girls. I hope you know how much they love their Weeza! You always treated them as family and it meant so much. I’ve had so many memories of you going through my head over the last week. A lot of funny moments, sayings and Staciisms if you will. You are Shawnn’s sister so that meant you were my big sister too. I wouldn’t know how to mix half of the drinks I can if it weren’t for you! You taught us how to have a good time! Many many fun times that don’t need to be disclosed! You didn’t call us trashy kids(me and shawnn) for nothing! You also taught me how important family was and to love them like theirs no tomorrow! I know you are dancing in heaven with a big smile on your face! Please give my momma a hug for me! She always loved you too. We miss you like crazy but I refuse to say goodbye i’ll just say see ya later Stac, Love you always , Marty

    Marty Ginn
  11. I love you so much. You were my maid of honor. Trips to the rodeo and to moms house. I’m gonna miss everything about us. Over 20 years of friendship and I will miss you. I’m beyond words. Fly high my angel !

    Michelle Cowie

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