Metha was born Sept. 19, 1921 in Custer, Mont. Her parents were Marinus Jensen, born in Denmark, and Gertrude Bradley Jensen, born in Kentucky. In 1936 Metha and her family moved to Heron where she lived with her three brothers, Arthur, Norman and Leonard, and two sisters, Margie and Bernice, all of whom have passed.
Metha graduated from Roger’s High School in Spokane, Wash. in 1939 then moved to Seattle. There she worked as a secretary before traveling to Washington D.C. prior to the war. After the war she married and settled back in Seattle and started a family.
Metha lived for a time in Yakima, Wenatchee, Old Vantage and Schawanna. There she started driving bus, In 1963 she finally settled in Quincy where she drove bus for 20 more years, retiring from the Quincy School District.
Upon retirement, Metha and her husband Don Garrett traveled around the country seeing the sights and fishing every chance they got. Don passed away in 1991. Metha was very active in Quincy, having as many as three jobs at once. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling and dancing, her beautiful yard full of flowers, a good book and loved the gingerbread season with her daughter Teri. She joined many clubs and in her later years had a full schedule with book clubs, exercise classes and her regular Thursday night dinners with good friends at the senior center.
Metha’s favorite times were with her family of four children; Jack (Trudy) Koeneman and Mark (Mo) Koeneman of Heron; Shari (Tay) Conrad of Spokane, Wash.; Teri (Bill) Harwood of Quincy, Wash,; grandchildren Jeph, Ron, Levie, Bobbie and Lena of Mont.; Lennie of Calif.; Browyn of Kan.; Dan, Carl, Shanie, Jolene, Kelly and Jerrod of Wash. and 20 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Scharbach’s Funeral Chapel in Quincy, Nov. 11, and internment will be in Heron in the spring. The family would like to thank everyone who attended and sent flowers and cards. Metha will be missed by so many.