Lona Irene Metzger, 91, was born in Mason County, Texas on September 10, 1917, and passed from this life March 22, 2009. She will be buried next to her husband, Clarence Metzger, at the Gooch Cemetery in Mason, Texas.
Irene was the sixth child born to Ira B. Tuckness and Elsie Wooten Tuckness. She attended school at the Hickory Grove School at that community south of Pontotoc, Texas. She married Clarence Metzger in April, 1935, and he preceded her in death. To this union was born 3 children: Lola Faye, Don Edward and Melvin James (M.J.). She and Clarence farmed and ranched all their lives.
She is survived by all three children: Lola Barr of Brownwood, Don and Barbara Metzger of Austin and M.J. and Ella Metzger of Mason and Conroe. She had 5 grandchildren; Alan Welch of Brownwood, Larry Welch of Houston, Randall Metzger of Louisville, Kentucky, Brenda Browning of Austin and Scott Metzger of Katy, ten great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren in whom she delighted. She is also survived by one sister, Earlene Davis, now of San Saba and formerly of Pontotoc, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Irene and Clarence were charter members of the Spring Street Gospel Church and she served as treasurer for many years. She was reared in a very close-knit family and was always excited when she could visit with her siblings, friends and relatives. She enjoyed outdoor activities, worked in the fields, helped with the livestock and gardened for many years.
She will be missed; however, we know she will be happy to see the ones gone on before.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m. in the Mason Funeral Home chapel with Michael Lemmons officiating. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Elmo Davis, Rix Slaughter, Glenn Ruffer, Randall Metzger, Scott Metzger and Larry Welch. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.masonfuneralhome.net Arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.