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Betty's Story

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Betty Iris Metz, 90, of Meadowdale Community, departed for her journey home Friday (July 15, 2016) surrounded by her family.
She was born Aug. 10, 1925, in Reedsville, a daughter of the late Noel and Florence (Bunner) Helms.
She is survived by her son, Tommy Metz of Fairmont; a daughter, Darlene Essex of Sabraton; grandson, Robert Essex also of Sabraton; two brothers, Darrell Helms and Grant Helms, who reside in Ohio; and one sister, Madeline Cerisano of Fairmont.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Charles Lee Metz; brothers, Sylvester, Fred, Cecil, Frank, Arl, James and Robert; and sisters, Beulah Shackelford, Lucille Wilson and Helen Nester.
Betty and her siblings were orphaned, March 25, 1944, after their father was killed in a violent explosion at the Katherine Coal Mining Co.'s No. 4 mine near Shinnston. Their mother had died 16 months prior.
At 18, Betty was left to act as mother to eight younger brothers and sisters, the youngest being 3 years old. Betty was instrumental in keeping her family together.
Betty married Charles Sept. 11, 1945. In addition to building their home in Meadowdale together and continuing to provide a home for her youngest brother Robert, Betty had worked at Westinghouse Corp., later at Harris Greenhouse and as a self-employed contractor. She retired after more than 12 years with the Marion County Board of Education as a cook at both Meadowdale and East Dale Elementary schools.
Betty was a Christian by faith and worshiped with the Church of Christ on Morgantown Avenue. Her health had been declining for many years, but she always seemed her most alert when she was meeting with her brothers and sisters in Christ and she found great peace, even at the end, knowing that she had kept her faith in God and that he would keep his promise to her.
Betty's family would like to thank the years of assistance provided by her niece, Karen Shackelford; care-givers, Becky Bell and the late Mary McCann; along with the services of the Marion County Meals on Wheels and its many volunteers. Also, special thanks for the continued support from Dr. Paliwal; nurse, Connie; and Amedisys Hospice Care.
If anyone would prefer, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Marion County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1264, Fairmont, WV 26555-1264 would be deeply appreciated by the Metz family.
Friends and family may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday and from noon-1 p.m. Monday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont.
Going-home services for Betty will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home presided over by Evangelist Jay Stevens. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences: www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on July 16, 2016
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