Katherine B. Van Metre


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Katherine B. "Kay" Van Metre, 89, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at City Hospital.

Born Dec. 20, 1910, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late I.D. Sr. and Daisy Butler Van Metre.

She was a 1928 graduate of Martinsburg High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Shepherd College, did graduate work at West Virginia University and earned a master of arts degree from Western Maryland College.

She retired in 1977 from Washington County school system, where she taught for 18 years, at the former Antietam Street School and as Bester Elementary School. She taught at a one-room schoolhouse in Berkeley County, worked in the storerooms at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during World War II, and was a reporter for the Martinsburg Journal.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and the Altar Guild.

She was a member of Shenandoah Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution; the Racquette Club; member and founder of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Martinsburg. She was a member of Golden Rule Chapter 69, Order of the Eastern Star, where she founded the Order of Rainbow for Girls in Martinsburg; Women's Club of Martinsburg; Soroptimist International of Martinsburg; Cedarettes; Maryland Retired Teachers Association; Washington County Retired Teachers Association; Berkeley County Retired School Employees Association; West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees; and was director of the Teen-Age Canteen and Youth Center.

She was named "First Lady of the Year for Berkeley County and Martinsburg" in 1957, and "Woman of the Year" by the Women's Club of Martinsburg in 1990.

She is survived by five nieces, Ann Bergdoll Nickerson, Blanch Bergdoll Brady, Sandra Van Metre Judy, Julie Van Metre Tate and Dotty Kay Van Metre Covington; and one nephew, James M. Van Metre IV.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Bessie Van Metre Diffenderfer; and two brothers, James M. Van Metre and Isaac D. Van Metre.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. Burial will be in Van Metre Family Cemetery, Old Stone House Farm, Berkeley County, W.Va.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

From the "Morning Herald", Hagerstown, Maryland.


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