Mary Ann Metcalfe, registered nurse

November 26, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Mary Ann Metcalfe, a registered nurse whose career at St. Agnes Hospital spanned nearly 40 years, died Nov. 19 of complications from a stroke at Joseph Richey Hospice. The Violetville resident was 82.

Mary Ann Hearn was born and raised in Asheville, N.C. After graduating from Lee H. Edwards High School, she enlisted in the Army Cadet Nurse Corps.

She received her training at the St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1946.

Mrs. Metcalfe began working at the hospital and as a private-duty nurse. She interrupted her career for several years to raise her three children before returning to St. Agnes in 1957.

She served as head nurse in the women's ward and in the adolescent unit, which later became the pediatric unit. After retiring in 1988, she volunteered in the outpatient oncology unit at St. Agnes.

Mrs. Metcalfe was an active member of the Violetville Volunteer Fire Department, where she was recording secretary for 25 years.

Her husband of 43 years, Vernon "Bill" Metcalfe, a retired Canton Railroad inspector, died in 1989.

Services were Monday.

Surviving are a son, Vernon Metcalfe of Nottingham, Pa.; two daughters, Ann Dew of Woodlawn and Deborah Silvestri of Violetville; four grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

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