Barbara R. Metcalf, 87, of Olathe, passed away on September 24, 2017. She was born on May 23, 1930 to Herman and Marian (VanWinkle) Reise in Orange, NJ. She was raised in West Orange, NJ, graduated from Trenton State Teachers College in 1952, earning her teaching degree. She taught for 22 years in various cities thoughout the U.S, from Santa Barbara, CA to Dekalb, IL. She married Emerson Devere Metcalf on July 16, 1955, was married for 39 years until his death in 1994. She went on to receive her realitors license with Century 21 Reality where she worked for 8 years.
She was a member of MidAmerica Nazarene Church for 26 years where she helped in the food pantry, and at one point served as the coordinator.
Barbara is survived by her loving son Douglas (Cathy) Metcalf; sister, Helen Santorine; grandchildren, Chad (Adrianne) Metcalf, Derek (Katie) Metcalf and Brittany (Drew) Hofrichter; great grandchildren, Kiersten Metcalf, Hazel Metcalf, Isaac Metcalf, Ann Metcalf, Liam Metcalf, Caden Hofrichter, Case Hofrichter and Kinley Hofrichter.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 39 years, Emerson D. Metcalf.
The family will receive guests for a visitation from 10:00-11:00am on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Penwell Gabel Funeral Home in Olathe. The funeral service will follow at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Good Samaritan Society.
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