Cecilia 'Ce-Ce' Metzger

Cecilia “Ce-Ce” Metzger, 76, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Friday evening, Jan. 24, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville after a long illness.

The family wishes to thank all of the nurses, staff and physicians for their outstanding care and compassion.

Ce-Ce was born Feb. 12, 1943, the same day as her mother, Eva Citro Donahue, in Baltimore, Md. She attended St. Clement’s Catholic School in Landsdowne, Md., through the 12th grade, and graduated from Towson University in Towson, Md., with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Ce-Ce was a devoted mother, grandmother, friend and wife, and had a strong Catholic faith. She fought passionately and actively for the unborn. She was very learned, loved to read, dance and to laugh. She had the most sweet, gentle, humble and patient spirit.

Cecilia taught kindergarten for 16 years at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Landover Hills, Md. She was truly dedicated to the craft of teaching. She loved her students and loved to be creative. After retiring, she volunteered every week at the Pregnancy Help Center in Knoxville for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Eva Donahue; and brother, Nick Donahue.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Arthur Metzger, who faithfully and tirelessly took care of her in her last years. She is also survived by her five children, Michael “Mickey” Metzger (Sophia) of Chantilly, Va., Annemarie Spain (Greg) of Morristown, John Metzger of Crofton, Md., Tim Metzger of Lenoir City and Chris Metzger (Joyce) of Mount Airy, Md.; and eight grandchildren, Sara, Caroline, Emily, Leo, Jackson, Jeremy, Brayden and Eva.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The National Right to Life or St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Lenoir City.

The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Lenoir City with funeral mass to follow. Interment will be at the St. Thomas columbarium immediately following mass with a luncheon reception to follow in the St. Thomas Family Life Center.

Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, is in charge of arrangements. www.clickfuneralhome.com