Wanda Jean Patterson Mettetal, 91, of Athens, Texas, formerly of Monticello, passed away on June 24, 2017 in Athens.
Jean was born September 21, 1925 in Little Rock to Noah Elmer Patterson and Lottie Mae Taylor.
She graduated with honors from Benton High School in Benton, Arkansas, in 1943. She was cast in the leading role in her senior play, elected homecoming queen, and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Quill and Scroll.
She attended Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas for a year, then taught for a year with an emergency license (due to World War II) at Bennett Elementary School. Jean married her high school sweetheart, Julian Wayne Mettetal on June 2, 1945 in Tucson, Arizona. She worked in the home for more than 20 years, raising five wonderful children, as she would say. At age 41, she returned to college at the University of Arkansas at Monticello to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Education.
After retirement, she and her husband moved to Athens in 1998 to be near one of their three sons. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, an honorary member and substitute teacher of the Christian Workers’ Class, church soloist, and Circle chairman. Jean was also on the Evangelism and Nurture committees which grew to include ministry at the Park Highland and Dogwood Terrace Nursing Homes.
At First Baptist Church, Jean attended the Friendship Sunday School class where she served as soloist and treasurer. She was also a member of the Senior Adult Choir.
Mrs. Mettetal was involved in many civic service organization throughout the years in both Monticello and Athens including the ETMC Athens Auxiliary. She was a lifetime member and very devoted to serving the people of this community.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 64 years, Julian Wayne Mettetal; her brothers, Ted and Frank; and her sister, Lucille.
She is survived by five children, Julian Wayne Mettetal, Jr. and his wife, Bonnie of Lake Jackson, Texas, Sherry Mettetal Woods of Monticello, Dr. Charles Ted Mettetal and wife, Jo of Athens, Texas, Dr. Michael B. Mettetal and wife, Jayne of Sherman, Texas, Mary Ellen McAllister and her husband, Dr. Gary L. McAllister of Conway, Arkansas; and her grandchildren, Robbie, Jessica, Michelle, Kristopher, Wendy, Dustin, Jennifer, Nick, Ryan, Scott, Erin, Gavin, and Jason.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, June 26, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens, Texas. Private family services will be held at the funeral home chapel. A private burial will follow at Athens Cemetery.
If desired, memorials may be made to:
ETMC Athens Auxiliary Scholarship Fund/Attn: Pat Teems
2000 S. Palestine
Athens, Texas 75751
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