She was born on Nov. 29, 1926, in Smithville, Tenn., to Rev. James C. Elliott and Essie L. Welch Elliott.
Nancy was a graduate of Martin College in Pulaski, Tenn., and DePauw University, Greencastle.
She was a 50-plus-year-member of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, where she shared her musical talents, and was a member of the Century Club and Garden Club.
Nancy, an accomplished pianist and organist, taught private music lessons to many generations of Putnam County residents. She began playing at the age of 12 as a church pianist for her father, often riding a horse to give her piano lessons.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers James C. Elliott II, William Elliott and Robert Elliott.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, John W. McFarland, four children Kathryn Witham and husband Gary, Brazil, John W. McFarland III and wife Judith, Newark, N.J., Philip E. McFarland and wife Julia, Rockville, and N. Angela Green and husband Fredrick, Indianapolis, a brother Fred W. Elliott and wife Lurline, Columbia, Tenn., three sister-in-laws Donna Elliott, Charlotte, Tenn., Peggy Elliott, Dickson, Tenn., and Betty Elliott, Charlotte, Tenn., 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will celebrate Nancy's life on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 10 a.m., at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, with Dr. P.T. Wilson officiating.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from 3-8 p.m., at Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home.
Memorials in Nancy's name may be made to Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Simpson Street, Greencastle, Ind., 46135.
Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.BittlesandHurt.com.