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