Carol Metzger

September 30, 1937 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Carol Metzger Obituary

Carol Lee (Carrie) was born on September 30, 1937, in South Bend Indiana as the best ever birthday present to her mother, Mattie Lee (Patsy) Ramsey Smith, who was born on the same date. Harold F. Smith was her loving father who made her eyes twinkle every time she talked about him.  Carrie spent many happy summers at Diamond Lake sunning, swimming and sailing. She shared her love of the lake with her entire extended family.  As a child, she took piano and voice lessons and sang like an angel. Singing in church choirs was an integral part of her life where she made many friends. 


Carrie loved all aspects of education. She shared many joyous stories about her years at Wayland Academy and Mac McMurray College, both of which she was a proud alumna. The friendships she made there were so cherished that she never lost touch with her school friends. Carrie continued her formal education after 20 years away from the college setting and proudly earned her Masters in Education from Elmira College.  As a dedicated educator, Carrie began her career as a Kindergarten teacher in Palatine Illinois, she shared her love of finger plays and songs as the Ellis Hollow nursery school teacher and she mastered the fine art of successful substitute teaching in the Ithaca City School District. The highlight of her career was teaching with the Boynton Beauties, the best sixth grade team of teachers who became lifelong friends. 


Carrie's first marriage was to Jerry Lace, the father of their two daughters, Christine Lace McPherson, Sackets Harbor, NY and Toronto, Ontario and Julie Lace, Tampa, Florida. Of the hats Carrie wore, she often said her greatest joy came from being a mother. Her grandchildren, Caitrin and Caroline Mc Pherson, Alyssa and Andrew Crocker brought her tremendous happiness. 


In 1974, Carrie married her best friend Jon W. Metzger. Together they had a beautiful life enjoying all the small moments, walking on Venice beaches, traveling, sailing and turning houses into homes. Jon was the most dedicated spouse a person could ask for as he cared for Carrie and loves her with his entire heart and soul. 


Carol Lee is survived by her sister, Sarah Smith (Pam Tompkins) of Venice, Florida, her son-in-law, Steven McPherson, her stepson , J. Todd Metzger (Nolene) and their children Taylor and Abby Metzger; her stepdaughter Lee Metzger Dudley and her children, J.J., Josh and Hallie Dudley. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Keith Smith and Edwin Smith.



Celebrations of life will be planned for this spring in Venice and this summer in Ithaca. Details to be provided in the coming months. 



Contributions may be made to the PEO Sisterhood, Chapter EY Program for Continuing Education which provides scholarships for women. Please make checks payable to PEO Chapter EY and mail to: Carla Gabbard, 352 Marsh Creek Road, Venice, 34292. 
Or to Agape Flights, Mission Partners who provide resources to the Caribbean. To donate go to agapeflights.com.

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