Barbara Lee Boepple Mettler passed into eternal life on Thursday, January 30, 2014.
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Born in Lodi, California, to Elmer and Ruth Boepple on July 8, 1942, Barbara is survived by one sister, Patricia (Frank) Dodge and her mother, Ruth of Quartzside, Arizona.
Barbara was raised and attended schools in Lodi, graduating from Lodi High in 1960. Barbara received RN training at San Joaquin County General Hospital and was trained at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento as a registered x-ray technologist.
Barbara was married to Dr. Clifford Mettler on July 30, 1962. Dr. Clifford Mettler survives, living in Eugene, Oregon.
Her children are Benjamin (Karen) Mettler of Stockton, California, Andrew (Gina) Mettler of Eugene, Oregon, and Julie Mettler (Liza Cauble) of Anchorage, Alaska.
Her grandchildren are Zachary Mettler (Stockton) and Alexandra Mettler (Eugene, Oregon).
Barbara was well-known for spearheading the Early Childhood Education Program in Lodi.
In 1978, Barbara and Dr. Mettler moved to Alaska and lived there for fifteen years. Her love for books was lived out as an elementary school librarian and instructional aide. Our friend, Barbara was an accomplished, creative and talented cook as well as a fantastic hostess. She operated a catering and wedding cake business following her return to Lodi from Alaska.
Barbara, also known as Bobbie said, "My most pleasing work experience was being a mother and a homemaker for three gifted children and one sweet husband."
Barbara was a member of Sacramento Regional Mensa, the International High IQ Society, and of the United Congregational Christian Church of Lodi.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 9, 12:00 noon at the church, 701 South Hutchins, followed by a reception. Memorial donations may be made in Barbara's name to the Lodi Public Library Foundation, 201 W. Locust Street, Lodi, California 95240.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12, 2014