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OBITUARY: Neva Metz 1927-2018

OBITUARY: Neva Metz Obituary   –  April 15, 1927 – March 12, 2018

Longtime La Habra resident Neva Louise McCormick Metz, age 90, died peacefully on March 12, 2018, in Fullerton, California, following a lengthy illness and a recent stroke. She was born in McCracken, Kansas, April 15, 1927, the daughter of James “Jim” and Philomena “Minnie” McCormick.

She was raised on a wheat farm in western Kansas and attended Thistle Grove Elementary School, a one-room schoolhouse about a mile from the farm, which was in the McCormick family for more than 100 years.

Neva shared numerous stories of her youthful adventures with her sister Ann and double cousins, Jean, Alvina, Sylvester “Bet” and Tom McCormick, who lived on the adjacent farm. The family’s barn was the site of frequent barn dances and the kids would dance on the roof of the adjacent chicken coop, where they could hear the music. Neva related so many stories about her farm escapades that her family joked she should start an Internet radio show.

Neva attended McCracken High School and graduated from Bazine High School in 1945. Following high school she graduated from Central Business College in Denver, Colorado. During her life, she used her secretarial skills in a number of positions, including Packers Marketing Systems, Inc., at the time located in La Habra.

October 4, 1948 she married the love of her life, Melvin Monroe Metz, another McCracken native, the son of Grace and A.S. “Alfie” Metz. She and her husband traveled to Los Angeles on their honeymoon and made Southern California their permanent home.

In 1960 Neva and her family moved to La Habra, California, where she remained for the rest of her life. She was a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe for 58 years, and spent decades volunteering in the gift shop, cleaning the church and making sandwiches for the poor. She also volunteered for many years at the St. Vincent de Paul resale shop.

Neva was a gracious hostess and a wonderful cook who welcomed family, friends and strangers to her table. Her vegetable garden was legendary with cabbages as big as basketballs and tomatoes for the entire neighborhood. For years, she canned dill pickles annually, sometimes 50 quarts at a time.

Her hobbies all involved making her family and her home more beautiful. For decades she sewed most of her own clothing and dresses for her daughters and their dolls. She had a keen interest in interior design and loved growing flowers, arranging flowers, and decorating elaborate cakes.

Neva was always up for an adventure. She rode a camel on vacation in her 60s and went hot air ballooning during her 80s. She also traveled the world with her husband, family and friends, visiting Israel, Rome, Vienna, Stockholm, Ireland, England, Canada and many places in the United States, including Hawaii, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Neva is survived by her sister Ann Barnes of El Dorado, Kansas; her children, John Metz of La Habra, Barbara Metz and her partner, Hector Torres, of San Diego, Mary Envall and her husband, Robert, of Menifee, California; grandchildren Brittany Envall of Murrieta, California, and Scot Envall of Carlsbad, California, great grandson Ethan Envall of Carlsbad, Sandi and Jim Lucchesi of Healdsburg, California, and Patrick Cline of Santa Rosa, California.

The family is grateful to the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who tended to Neva during the final year of her life, especially the owners and staff at Amazing Grace and Care of Fullerton, and to Our Lady of Guadalupe Eucharistic Minister Steven Baffa, who faithfully brought her the Holy Eucharist every week until her passing.

A Requiem Mass  was hed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in La Habra on March 21. She was burried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Rowland Heights.

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