Eva Metz, wife of MNU co-founder and academic dean emeritus, passes away
Friday, August 24, 2007
Eva Irene Metz, age 94, went to be with the Lord on August 17.
She was born January 4, 1913, in LaPlata, Maryland to Louis and Modena Moran. In 1939, she married her husband of 68 years, Donald S. Metz, in Washington, D.C.
Eva Metz lived in the Midwest most of her life. She was a budget analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration for 12 years in Oklahoma City while her husband, Donald Metz, taught biblical literature, theology, and philosophy at Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) for 16 years.
In 1967, as a response to God's calling, the Metzes moved to Olathe, Kansas, to help begin MidAmerica Nazarene College (now University). Eva Metz served as the university's first registrar from 1969 to 1974 while Donald Metz served as the first academic dean (1967-1974, 1976-1983). He later was elected to emeritus status in 1987. In 1974, Donald Metz was elected to serve as editor in chief of the Department of Church Schools for the Church of the Nazarene.
Eva Metz enjoyed traveling and traveled extensively throughout Switzerland, Germany, Philippines, and Africa as Donald Metz taught at European Nazarene Bible College and African Nazarene Bible College.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Metz of Olathe; son Lynn Metz, (Sharron); daughter Janet Halvorson (Chris); six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
The funeral service was held on Monday, August 20 at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Donald S. Metz Scholarship Fund at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
--Kansas City Star