Loretta Metz

Loretta Ann Metz

1934 - 2018

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Obituary of Loretta Ann Metz


Loretta A. Metz (Letty), 83, went to be with the Lord on May 28th, 2018. She was born in Rushville, Nebraska on September 25th, 1934 to Leo E. Wilson and Helen (Thompson) Wilson. She graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1952. She married Melvin A. Metz, Sr. (Lucky) in January of 1953; they were married 40 years until Lucky’s death in 1993. They moved to Yakima in 1972 for Lucky’s job.

Loretta was a member of New Hope Chapel in Yakima. Loretta was a loving and caring mother and grandmother; her family was the most important thing in her life. Not only was Loretta an excellent mother to her own four children, she was also an excellent mother to her three stepchildren who still love her today. Loretta loved to read, especially, Christian fiction and historical fiction. She has been unable to read for a long time due to macular degeneration but we are so grateful for “Books for the Blind” who provided hours of enjoyment. We would also like to thank the caregivers and employees at Good Samaritan for their care over the last year and a half. She was a volunteer cook for the Union Gospel Mission for many years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her sisters, Jeannie (Thompson) Stolz and Leona (Wilson) Crueger. She is survived by her children, Sherry Dawson of Yakima, WA, Cindy Niles of Spokane, WA, Melvin Metz, Jr. of Spokane, Lorna Gray of Kennewick, WA, Marion Price of Pasadena, CA, Tommy Metz of San Demas, CA, and Judy Barnett of Bandon. OR. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Steve Niles, Jr. of Spokane, Stacy Niles of Spokane, Gabe Steinhauer of Australia, Amy Claassen of Spokane, Nicole Mills of Yakima, Shonie Brown of Kennewick, Eric Gray of Vancouver, WA and Lauren Dawson of Yakima. Loretta also has 11 great granddaughters.

Memorial Gifts can be sent to “Books for the Blind.”

Services will be held at New Hope Chapel on June 14th at 4:00 pm, reception to follow. Memories may be shared at www.shawandsons.com.