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Ellen Mettler

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Ellen Mettler Ellen Mettler, 49, passed away peacefully at her home in Muir Beach on Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 after a courageous three-year fight against lung cancer. A Memorial Celebration of Her Life will be held in Muir Beach on the 19th of August at 3:00 p.m. Ellen grew up in New Jersey and in Tallahassee, Florida spending summers at the family ranch in Moose, Wyoming. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture, and continued her studies in Oriental Medicine, receiving an advanced degree from the California Acupuncture College in Santa Barbara. She settled in Muir Beach, CA, and opened up an acupuncture office in Mill Valley. In addition to her acupuncture office, in the 80s, she had a business called The Kitchen's Inc., a commercial kitchen facility. She continued her yearly visits to Wyoming even until this June despite it being difficult to breathe in the altitude. She did not want to miss a trip, and just like her aunt Helen Mettler, she shared the sentiment, "God Bless Wyoming, and Keep It WILD." Ellen was a volunteer to her core. At her son's schools in Mill Valley as well as in every part of community life in Muir Beach from the Volunteer Fire Department, to the Muir Beach Quilters, Ellen's participation was inspirational. From making meals for people with sniffles, working her acupuncture magic, humbly and frankly sharing her wisdom with friends and loved ones, to making countless colorful quilts for friends, new babies, and the newly wed, she found satisfaction in simply being present in the lives of so very many people, inspiring those around her into generosity and community service. Ellen was well known for her wit, her honesty and her extraordinary ability to stay positive. She is survived by her husband, Michael Moore, her eight-year-old son Maxx, as well as two brothers, John W. Mettler of New York City, Peter W. Mettler of Palm Beach, and Louise M. Davenport of Tallahassee as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and friends in California, Wyoming, Florida, and beyond. ELLEN WANTED EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT SHE DISCOVERED SHE HAD LUNG CANCER AT AGE 47, AND HAD NEVER BEEN A SMOKER. LUNG CANCER OFTEN APPEARS IN NON-SMOKING WOMEN IN THEIR 40s AND THIS FACT IS NOT HIGHLY PUBLICIZED, SO IF YOU HAVE A COUGH THAT WON'T GO AWAY, GET A CHEST X-RAY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: THE CENTER FOR ATTITUDINAL HEALING, 33 BUCHANAN DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; DRAWBRIDGE, AN ARTS PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN, P.O. BOX 2698, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94912; UC DAVIS REGENTS IN HONOR OF HER DOCTOR, ANGELA DAVIES, UC DAVIS CANCER CENTER, 45O1 'X' STREET, SUITE 3016, SACRAMENTO, CA 95817 AND THE METTLER FUND AT MACLAY SCHOOL, 3737 N. MERIDIAN RD., TALLAHASSEE, FL 32312 or go out and volunteer in your own community as she inspired us all to do.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Aug. 11 to Aug. 19, 2007
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