Donella Sue "Dreamy" Metcalf
1963 - 2021
It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved friend and family member Dreamy. She was 58. Dreamy entered this world on February 3, 1963, as Donella Sue Metcalf, in Lousiville, Kentucky. Her mother called her "Dreamy" from the beginning, the stage name of her mother's dear friend, and the only name we ever knew her by. Dreamy moved to Bishop with her mother and brother as a child and graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1981.
As unique as her name, Dreamy was just as unique of a person. She was bold and honest, loyal and genuine. Her friendships lasted a lifetime, as did her commitment to family, her animal family through the years, and the love of her community. If you weren't prepared to hear the truth, one shouldn't ask.
She held the same standard of herself, never sugar coating, pretending, or embellishing.
Dreamy had many adventures in life, and in her employments, and could recall each with precision.
The most wonderful trait that emerged from her life experiences is that each, no matter the hardship, heartbreak, or challenge of it, she viewed as an opportunity to learn, grow, and advance as a human, acquiring deep compassion for others.
Dreamy left us on September 19, 2021, in Bishop, California after being taken off life support from an asthma/COPD complicated attack. Normally, she would have been flown out immediately to a larger hospital but due to the overwhelm of the COVID-19 pandemic, no beds were available. As it turned out it was a blessing that she remained at Northern Inyo Hospital (NIH), among her loved ones, and among the staff, who knew her well and genuinely cared about her, providing her the best, most tender care and respect.
Dreamy was a donor. On the day she left us, NIH staff, physicians, board members, and the Donor Team lined the halls to honor her, as she was brought from the ICU to the pre-op, where she would be removed from life support. Her friends and family made the walk along side her, some remaining with her to her last breath.
Her final gift, was lifesaving organs she gave to at least three different individuals, providing them the gift of life through her unselfish and thoughtful donation. Though our hearts are broken, we could not be prouder, or more inspired, by our beautiful, beloved, unique Dreamy. It has been an honor, both, in life, as well as in death, to know and love her.
Dreamy is preceded in death by her mother, Pat Metcalf. She is survived by her longtime partner, Eric Waldock: nephews, Tom and Caleb Metcalf: aunt, Ann Brennan: cousins: Janice Friedline, Greg Davenport, Ray Hailey, and Pam Davis, all of Bishop, and Teresa McGuire of Adelanto: brother, Jay Metcalf: lifelong best friends, Robert Delariva, Carol Barratti, Cheri Wagner, Nicole Purcell, Steve Kothman, and Karen Summers and her children, who Dreamy regarded as her own nephews and nieces, Taj Beaghler, Jasmine Beaghler, and Risa Scott, all of Bishop: and many, many, many more friends.
Dreamy was small in stature but huge in impact.
A celebration of life will be announced later in the Spring 2022.
Dreamy's Honor Walk can be viewed at https//
Published by Inyo Register on Oct. 16, 2021.
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