She was born Feb. 8, 1933, on homesteads in Crossville, to the late Oren and Lois Metzger.
She graduated from Memphis Baptist Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She retired from Bradley Memorial Hospital after working more than 25 years as an operating room nurse.
She enjoyed the study of genealogy and maintained family history records for the Metzger, MacPherson and Bogart families.
She touched all those she met in life with a sweet spirit, kindness, and her love of family.
Traditional Scottish Blessing – “Be ye our angle unawares”
Be ye our angel unawares, If after Kirk ye bide a wee,
There’s some would like to speak to ye, If after Kirk ye rise and flee
We’ all seem cauld and still to ye.
The one that’s in the seat with ye Is stranger here than ye, maybe.
All here have got their fears and cares,
Add ye your soul unto our prayers, Be ye our angel unawares.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley Lynn Leamon, who died in September 1998.
She is survived by her children: Daniel Lear of Cleveland, Cathy Leamon of Riceville, Christy Seibert of Calhoun, and Charlotte Bingham of Fort Mill, S.C.; grandchildren: Katy Beth Leamon, Levi Leamon, Angelique Lear, Brianna Lear, Michael Leamon, Amanda Kay Leamon, Andrew Seibert, Jared Bingham, and Misty Bingham; great-grandchildren: Angel Lynn Leamon and Lily Rose Leamon; brothers: Larry Metzger and Donald Metzger, both of Big Fork, Mont., and Lynn Metzger of Sweetwater; and sister, Wynonna Miles of Nacogdoches, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Calvary Baptist Church in Riceville.
Grissom Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.grissomfh.net.