Helen Iona Johnson Metcalfe
December 30, 1932 ‒ September 21, 2019
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Helen Iona Johnson Metcalfe was born at home, on December 30, 1932, to F. Malden Johnson and Luella Myrl Moyer Johnson; she was their only child.
At age 13, she agreed to go steady with a strapping 15-year old boy Russell F. Metcalfe, Jr. at church. Young, but forever. The two of them attended Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) in Quincy, MA. Helen went to ENC a year after Russell who prepared for ministry. Russ and Helen had remained sweethearts and continued going steady throughout college. At graduation, Helen was her class valedictorian. Russ and Helen were married on a Friday evening, August 27, 1954, at Akron First Church, Akron, OH. Helen sang at her own wedding. They honeymooned briefly at Lake Erie.
Helen followed, working in education, wherever Russell’s preaching call led. She taught grade school after they got married, then later high school English, and still later held a professorship of English Literature at ENC when they moved back to Quincy, MA in 1977. They served together in eight churches: Muncie, IN; Cherry Valley, OH; Atwater, OH; Butler, NJ; Poughkeepsie, NY; Edison, NJ; Melrose, MA; and Wollaston, MA.
She retired with Russell to Falmouth, MA and eventually moved to Mount Vernon, OH in 2008.
Helen passed into Glory at home, attended by her husband, her son Stephen, and daughter-in-law Sharon, on September 21, 2019. She was 86-years old.
Helen is survived by her husband of 65 years, Russell F Metcalfe, Jr.; four sons: John, Stephen, Mark, Russell III; fourteen Grandchildren: John Jr., Danielle, Joseph; Benjamin, Jacob, Kara, Jim; Miranda, Jessica, Emily, Andrew; Jennifer, Melissa, Russell IV; and twenty Great Grandchildren: Rose; Aiden, Mason; Carter, Willow, Sawyer; Olivia, Luke, Levi; Hannah, Malachi, Esther; Hezekiah; Ethan, Allianna; Rowan, Annabelle; Jason, Madison, Weston.
Friends may call on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 1-3PM at the Gay Street United Methodist Church. A service will follow, beginning at 3PM at the church, with Pastor Steve Dean officiating. A graveside service will be held on Friday, beginning at 11AM, at Northlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Peninsula, Ohio.
To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Helen Iona Johnson Metcalfe.