October 3, 1942 ~ January 26, 2022
Born in: Texarkana, AR
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Margie Kay Reed Metz, 79, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
Mrs. Metz was born in Texarkana, Arkansas to the late David Manning Reed and Annie Jim Lester Reed. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Wayne Metz and her brother, James Reed. She is survived by her two children; Edward Metz (Brandee) and Elizabeth Saenger (Matthew); a sister, Francie Davies and four grandchildren, Alex and Madison Saenger and Jackson and Davis Metz. She passed away peacefully in her own home surrounded by her son and daughter.
Although Margie has left us too soon, we are grateful for the 25 extra years we were able to spend with her after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 54. Thank you to the medical professionals at Duke Medicine, MD Anderson, and especially Dr. Messino and his staff at Messino Cancer Centers for taking such good care of her all these years.
Margie was a beautiful woman inside and out. She excelled at everything she did with a unique grace and style. Margie was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. But, her legacy extends well beyond her family through the many, many bonds of friendship that she maintained her whole life. She always had a smile on her face and loved to laugh. People have remarked how they always felt better after they talked with her. She had a kind heart, generous spirit and a wonderful sense of humor! Although you could say she was a traditional housewife, she was very much her own woman with her own businesses, volunteer work, travel, hobbies, and other interests.
Margie was raised in Long Beach amongst a large extended family that had moved out from Texarkana, AR during WWII. She modeled and was active in beauty pageants as well as a medical professional after attending Long Beach City College. She married Edward Wayne Metz- a budding businessman living in San Francisco- in 1967 after a whirlwind six-month courtship.
Son Edward was born in 1969 and daughter Elizabeth came two years later. Margie and Ed bought a lovely home in Mill Valley and were happy living their dream life in the Bay Area. Ed was moving up the company ladder and the company wanted him in Chicago- which incidentally was where Ed was born and raised. The California girl departed the Sunshine State for the Windy City and then not even a year later the whole family moved to Toledo, OH where Ed’s company was headquartered. She made the best of it and created a happy home for the family in Ohio. As she always did, she made lifelong friends and brought a smile to the face of everyone she met.
While Ed traveled for work, Margie anchored the family at home and made sure the kids got to their hockey games and swim practices. Margie and Ed both came from humble beginnings and even after they achieved some success they lived modestly and never forgot their roots. Margie always made sure that family vacations were not boring. She always planned side visits and interesting things to do along the way. Annual trips to Hilton Head when her children were young would later grow into include sons and daughters-in-law and grandkids. It was a special place that she kept visiting- even in the last year of her life..
In 1984, the family moved to beautiful Asheville, NC for Ed’s job with a new company. Margie uncovered an opportunity through new friends to purchase a long-standing local business, Westall Lumber Company. For the next twenty years, Ed ran and grew the company until he and his partners sold it in 2006. After Ed retired, she cherished their daily routine of morning coffee and crossword puzzles by the fire that Ed would dutifully build each morning.
She remained a California girl whole life and came back again and again, even after she moved away, to visit family and renew the friendships she maintained her whole life. Margie loved to travel and she and Ed traveled the world. She would also often travel with her sister Francie who remained her best friend her whole life. Even after her diagnosis and cancer treatments she didn’t stop. Life was meant to be lived and Margie lived it. Even after Ed passed away in 2013, Margie continued to plan trips and events with her children and grandchildren. GG as her grandchildren called her always went above and beyond for her family even as her health declined. She never wanted to be a burden and always wanted her friends and family to be happy.
Mrs. Metz will be interred in the place she always loved, California. A funeral service will be held at Westminster Memorial Park 14801 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683 on February 11 at 1:30 PM. A Celebration of Life event will be held March 5th in Asheville, NC.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made to CancerCare.org to assist cancer patients with the challenges of dealing with this insidious disease.