Obituary: Faun Metcalf

Jan. 9, 1920 – Sept. 29, 2018

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Former Eagle Nest educator Faun Metcalf, 98, passed in peace and went to be with Willard on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 in Raton.

Born Jan. 9, 1920, in Marlow, Oklahoma, Faun was the oldest child of Warren and Eula Watson. Shortly after Faun was born, her family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas. She graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1936. After graduation, she met Willard Metcalf. The couple married in Wichita Falls in 1938. Eventually she started attending Hardin Junior College—known today as Midwestern State University. Willard and Faun lived in Wichita Falls and vacationed in Eagle Nest and Ute Park. They officially moved to Ute Park in 1960 after Faun graduated from college and then began teaching in Eagle Nest. In 1963, they moved to Eagle Nest where Faun continued to teach elementary school for 25 years. During 10 of those years Faun was also the school principal.

In 1988 after Faun retired from teaching, the couple moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to take care of her mother and father. Faun moved back to New Mexico in 2000, three years after Willard passed away.

Faun adored reading and spent hours reading novels and popular magazines. She was also an avid sports lover, especially tennis and golf, and enjoyed watching those events on television. During her time in Eagle Nest she played golf and snow skied. She loved to cook and share vivid memories of family gatherings every chance she had! Faun could name every family member, including cousins and spouses, and give information about their life history. She also had wonderful memories of being a teacher and principal at Eagle Nest Elementary School. During her lifetime Faun has seen the Great Depression, World War II, Elvis Presley’s career, Brown vs the Board of Education, the creation of television, Civil Rights abolished, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and more. Wow, she literally has seen it all, and would love to tell you stories about them! She was adored very much, and will be missed tremendously! We were blessed to have her in our lives for so long!

Faun was preceded in death by her husband Willard. Loved ones that will miss Faun are her sister Billie Hurmence of Raleigh, North Carolina; son Doug Metcalf and his wife Becky of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina; son Richard Metcalf and his wife Phyllis of Raton; and niece Leslie and her husband Peter Abrams of Raleigh; grandchildren Jan Bolick and husband Kyle of Derby, Kansas, Jill O’Brien and husband Kevin of Tijeras, New Mexico, and Cole Metcalf and his wife Nicole of Prescott, Wisconsin. Great-grandchildren include Jill’s children Ryan, Faun and Harley O’Brien, and Cole’s daughter Isabella Metcalf.

The family wishes to thank Annette Martinez of Raton for her love and support while grandma lived in Raton.

The family is planning a celebration of Faun’s life sometime next summer in Eagle Nest, New Mexico. As those plans become finalized an announcement will be made.

She Is Gone by David Harkins

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.