Mary Metzgar


Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005

Former Juneau resident Mary Simpkins Metzgar, 91, died March 29, 2005, in Edmonds, Wash.

She was born to George and Anne Simpkins on April 21, 1913, in Juneau. After graduating in 1931 from Juneau High School, she attended Marylhurst College in Oregon, the University of Washington and finished schooling at business college in Seattle.

In 1939, she married Edward H. Metzgar. They moved to Idaho and had three children. The couple worked side-by-side, operating and owning several businesses in Idaho, Washington and Alaska. The couple moved in the 1970s to Sun City, Ariz.

She enjoyed playing bridge, hosting family and friends and traveling. One of her last trips was to Rome, where she was in an audience with Pope John Paul II.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward H. Metzgar, and her son, John.

She is survived by her children, George (Wanda) of Boise, Idaho, and Jean Manzo of Edmonds, Wash.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. April 29, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Edmonds. Donations in her name may be made to charity of choice.

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