Louella Crowder Metcalf, 93, of Candler, died peacefully Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Pisgah Manor.
A native of Madison Co., she was the daughter of the late Mack and Jearl Dean Hollifield Crowder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Byrd Metcalf; grandson Patrick Metcalf; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Metcalf attended Mars Hill High School. When her father died in 1935, she dropped out of school to help care for her younger brothers and sisters. She returned to school and graduated in 1938. She was the cafeteria manager at Pisgah Elementary and Enka High Schools, retiring from Enka High School in 1982.
She was an avid reader and puzzle worker, and read through the Bible at least 3 times. She was a great cook: she made yeast rolls that would melt in one's mouth. As a member of the greatest generation, she was careful with money, and tithed long after she was unable to go to church.
She made end of life decisions easy for her children, choosing to leave home to go to a retirement condo, then choosing to go to assisted living. While at assisted living, she was quick to welcome any newcomers, and assisted those in wheel chairs to get to activities and meals. She was never seen angry, or heard saying an unkind word about any person.
Mrs. Metcalf is survived by her daughter, Byrdene Byerly; sons Steve Metcalf and his wife, Donna, and Roger Metcalf and his wife, Anita; grandchildren Jennifer Anderson and her husband, Dan, Eddie and Aaron Byerly, and John Metcalf and his wife, Elizabeth; great-grandchildren Meredith and Elizabeth Anderson, Waylan, Jackson, and Caroline Metcalf; a sister, Kodell Maney; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday at Pole Creek Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dennis Thurman and the Rev. Dr. Joe Yelton officiating. Interment will follow at Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
A special thank you to the staff of Pisgah Manor for their kind, gentle, and loving care.
Memorials may be made to the Michael Patrick Metcalf Endowment at A-B Tech Foundation, 340 Victoria Rd., Asheville, NC 28801.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.