Jeanne Metzger
1931 - 2021
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Jeanne Henson Metzger, who was born Aug. 17, 1931, in Port Angeles, WA, lived a very full life. With her late husband, Harry, she lived in Everett from 1951 until 1985, when the family moved to Mission Beach, Tulalip, WA. In 2009, Jeanne moved to her present residence in Everett, where she died on April 7.

Jeanne graduated from University of Washington in 1953 with a degree in journalism. She was The Herald junior office worker and Society reporter in Everett before her marriage in 1957. She returned to the paper nine years later after the birth of her four daughters. Jeanne had many jobs as a writer and editor over her 30+ years at the Herald. By the time she retired in 1990, Jeanne had twice been awarded the Superior Performance Award from the Washington Press Association and The Herald gave Jeanne the Making a Difference Award for her contribution to the newspaper.

Following her years at The Herald, Jeanne started a consulting business, Metzger Enterprises, where she helped nonprofits in our communities with editing, public relations and community affairs.

Jeanne believed in giving back to her community. In the 70s, she was a member of the Everett Public Library Board for five years, with two years as board chairman. She was also member of the charter review committee for the City of Everett.

Jeanne was one of the founding board members when Providence Hospice and Home Care Foundation of Snohomish County. She was a champion and driving force behind Providence Hospice and Home Care getting the first-ever hospice care center and was also key in helping to get the new palliative care program started. Jeanne earned the Angel of Hospice Award in 2002 and the Foundation gave her the Sister Georgette Bayless Service Award in 2019.

Jeanne was a member of Providence Northwest Community Ministry Board. She and her late husband Harry were among the eight Greater Everett Community Foundation Founding Families. She received the Raili M. Hanson Inspiration Award from Bethany of the Northwest Foundation in 2013.

Jeanne loved to travel, and she and Harry went to many places in the world before his death January 8, 2007. One of their favorite places to visit was the condo they bought in the early 70s in Kihei, Maui. She looked forward to the annual Metzger Girls Getaway and various other family trips. She also enjoyed women's basketball and any other sports her children and grandchildren participated in.

Jeanne was a true matriarch and took great pride in her family. She was a strong, smart, capable woman who instilled important values in her children and grandchildren. Jeanne is survived by four daughters and their spouses: Jan and Jack Brossman, Jo Metzger-Levin and Don Levin; Meg Metzger and Bill Scott; Maddy Metzger-Utt and Randy Utt. Jeanne also has seven grandchildren (Christa, Jay, Tyler, Bryce, Jessa, Emma and Siena) and six great-grandchildren who enriched her life.

Preceding her in death besides her husband Harry were her parents, Harry Henson and Muriel Henson Fischer, and her sister Pat Shattuck.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Providence Hospice and Home Care Foundation of Snohomish County. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

August 17, 1931 - April 7, 2021

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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2021.
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May 5, 2021
Jeanne was a brilliant, caring, amazing person - and was so engaged and involved in our hospital and our quality initiatives. She was a passionate advocate of palliative care and hospice, and served as such an incredible voice for the community. Our team feels so honored to have known Jeanne - she greatly impacted us all.
Karin Larson-Pollock
April 28, 2021
When I find myself down about the current state of world affairs and ugly human behavior in our own backyard, I think of Jeanne Metzger, and what a truly outstanding human being she was and is!

I first met Jeanne in 2010, when I started serving on the Providence Hospice and Homecare board of trustees. Jeanne displayed such a spirited passion for doing the right thing and was very committed to the mission of Hospice. I later learned of her tremendous service throughout the greater Everett community and became even more of a fan.

Following my Hospice service, I had the privilege of spending more time with Jean. It was always time well spent and I learned so much about Jeanne's dedication to many local causes and the positive difference it made on so many lives. (including my own)

As Margaret Mead once said "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Rest well my friend. You will be immeasurably missed!
Kerri Lonergan-Dreke
April 16, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Jeanne's passing. Our sincere condolences go out to the whole family. Hoping all of the wonderful memories will give you peace.
Kathy & Brad Nysether
April 12, 2021
Jeanne's community leadership and contributions were unparalleled, such positive energy she shared with all she came into contact with. What made the biggest impression on me was she was always more interested in my activities than her many accomplishments, an amazing listener with sincerity and genuine interest in others achievements. She will be missed but her values will carry on in all of us including her amazing family and friends.
Bill Ingram
April 12, 2021
My brother Bill Ingram and I had a great conversation about JEANNE (and Harry) this morning. So much admiration and care for this woman. Jeanne really was beyond incredible. She inspired the young and young at heart. Her interest in people, their lives and the world around her was constant. And that smile of hers could light up the room. What a caring spirit - we will never forget the sensitivity and compassion shown our family as we navigated our father Bill Ingram’s short battle with lung cancer years ago. Jeanne and Harry, we miss you and thank our lucky stars that you were in our lives. Cheers to the Rucker Christmas Carolling memories and those fun filled Mission Beach + Camano Island gatherings. Sending hugs to all the Metzger women and their families♥ with prayers and gratitude for sharing the wonderful Jeanne Metzger with all of us
Susan Ingram Mackey
April 12, 2021
Jeanne was my friend and fellow zealot for better care at life’s end. She fought tirelessly for better hospice care, and she successfully motivated Snohomish County’s residents to have that “conversation” with families. Jeanne walked the talk, and she died just the way she lived — courageously and on her own terms. We all are made better by Jeanne’s presence in our lives.
Joanne Roberts
April 12, 2021
Running into Jeanne over the many years I lived and worked in Everett was always an uplifting experience be it at The Herald or a Providence hospice-related event or whatever. Jeanne had a warmth and a way of showing genuine interest in whatever you and others were up to. Hers was a special, memorable presence.
Sharon Fay Koch
April 11, 2021
Jeanne was a wonderful person & the Metztger's are a great family.
Jeanne began editing our YMCA Triangle quarterly newsletter when I asked her to (for next to nothing) in 1989. She was kind, generous & very spirited!
Jerry Beavers
April 11, 2021
RIP, Jeanne. You lived your life to the fullest and were such a positive influence for so many, including myself.
Penny Nollmeyer Lyons
April 11, 2021
So sorry to hear this news. I have wonderful memories at your family beach house & of your mother as a kid, she was such a good friend to my mom, I believe she helped my mom with getting a job at the Everett Herald & was so kind to me when my mom past. R.I.P ❤ My Thoughts are with you all
April 11, 2021
Jeanne was a pioneer in not only local Hospice care but served over 10 years on the Wa State Hospice and Pallitive Care Board of Directors. A master of crafting and educating all on Hospice services. She was extremely committed, direct, and a model for aging in grace. I am honored to have known her, and to have worked beside her on both at the state and local Hospice level. A pioneer that will not be forgotten.
Sherri Pride
April 11, 2021
Jeanne was a cherished friend. I already miss her emails sharing interesting news articles, and especially her invitations to have coffee or just talk on the phone about a particular topic of mutual interest. She did so much for our community, as a journalist, philanthropist, and caring individual. When I think of Everett's greatest difference-makers, I count her among the very best.
Bob Bolerjack
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