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The Story of Lasting Legacy Online

Lasting Legacy Online (LLO) was founded by Dr. Howard and Elaine Schwartz. The idea originated in their living room in 2003, with an intent to create an internet site where individuals could make their life story accessible to their family and friends free of charge, with the intention of maintaining generational stories for years to come.

The Kay McFarland Japanese Garden

Chief Justice McFarland’s life and accomplishments created a legacy. Her story is told here on Lasting Legacy Online as well as through the Kay McFarland Japanese Garden which is located in the Topeka Zoo (Topeka, Kansas). Justice McFarland’s story is preserved and shared, so that it may to inspire future generations of women to aspire the same way she did. (from Topeka Zoo)

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland’s dream was to leave a legacy gift of a world class Japanese garden in the capitol city of the state she served. She established a living trust to help fund her dream of a world class Japanese garden. Her garden is a destination filled with serenity and breath-taking views, offering inspiration, accommodate contemplation and serve as a venue for life changing experiences.

Kay’s interests and talents were many and varied. She was a world class show ring rider of Tennessee Walking horses, including the award winning Midnight Secret, and bred champion Irish wolfhounds from stock brought directly from Ireland. She was also an expert seamstress and quilter.

Kay traveled the world. Her father’s work as an educational consultant and motivational speaker for the Reader’s Digest and General Motors provided early opportunities for domestic and foreign travel. Her love of travel continued throughout her life, including three African safaris with former Topeka zoo director, Gary Clarke.

She was the consummate storyteller. Kay’s travels, background, experiences, and knowledge provided her with much material, but it was her ability to find the humor in almost any situation and her keen observations regarding human nature that made her stories unique. Her childhood years spent in Coffeyville and visiting relatives in Caney, Kansas, were as frequently the subjects of her stories as were her travels to exotic locations throughout the world. Simply put, she enjoyed people and their situations wherever she found them.

Our Dedication

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland’s dream was to leave a legacy gift of a world class Japanese garden in the capitol city of the state she served. Kay’s garden is a destination filled with serenity and breath-taking views. It offers inspiration, contemplation and serves as a venue for life changing and everyday experiences. Kay’s Garden cost $6,640,000. The Kay E. McFarland Living Trust established funds that paid for the project costs and established a permanent endowment fund of to maintain the garden into perpetuity.

In addition to the Kay McFarland Japanese Garden at the Topeka Zoo, Chief Justice McFarland supported developing Lasting Legacy Online for her life story and for others to tell theirs. The Gallery of the Event Center in Kay’s Garden tells only a little of her story. Trustee, Elaine Schwartz, knew for people who visited her garden, they would want to read her whole story. For a year and a half before the Chief passed at the age of 80, Elaine interviewed her each week to both check on her health and to create this wonderful story.

Please visit her garden at 635 SW Gage Blvd · In the Topeka, Kansas

Justice Kay McFarland

Garden City Telegram

Our featured Legacy is Chief Justice Kay Eleanor McFarland.

Judge McFarland was born on July 20, 1935 in Coffeyville, Kansas. She was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court by Governor Robert Bennett, becoming the first woman to hold that office. Judge McFarland became the first female Chief Justice for the State of Kansas in 1995.

We honor Judge McFarland by having her legacy featured on our site.

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