Rev Dr Susanna Metz
15th June 1950 - 30th April 2022
Rest in Peace
Donations may be made in Susannah's memory to :
North Devon Hospice Please send to:
R Gist & Son, 18 Castle Street, Torrington EX38 8EZ.
You may also donate via their website:
Farm Community Network via their website : https://fcn.org.uk/#support
The Dogs Trust via their website : https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/donation/
Ann Luxton, our senior Church Warden spoke these words at our service on 8th May 2022 and they are reproduced here with her permission.
Susannah was our Vicar here in Petrockstowe. She came to live here permanently in May 2011. Susannah, a country girl at heart, revelled in the surrounding countryside. She was committed to rural life and farming in particular which led to her working at Hallwood in the beginning but moving on to milking cows at Newcourt Farm and Little Marland only stopping due to her illness making it difficult to continue.
Not your usual image of a conventional Anglican vicar, she brought encouragement and gaiety to her services that always had a spiritual message. who could forget the sight of her in her swimming attire, goggles and flippers to give a sermon on Jonah and the Whale, wearing a variety of hats and dancing in the isles on Christmas day. Music, poetry and children were very important parts of her services. She so enjoyed taking the assemblies at Merton School.
Susannah encouraged us to come out of our comfort zones and take more active rolls in services and was a great supported of the online services during Covid. These have been the stepping stones which we have built on to create Petrockstowe Community Church and she was so happy to hear the progress that we had made from David and Dee.
She was very much part of our village life and enjoyed meeting in the pub for a pint and joining in with the many events held throughout the year. Not a shrinking violet we loved to watch her taking part in the Pantos at Little Torrington usually as a "baddie". her delight in obtaining British Citizenship and getting her Blue Passport was such a joy and the cause of much celebrating.
It has been a real privilege to have known her and I know we will always keep her in our hearts and memories. We can only say thank you to God for her life and God bless her.
Susannah Metz - Minister, musician, milkmaid, panto star and friend.
Susannah wrote on Facebook on 13th November 2020 :
WOW WOW WOW!!!!! My citizenship acceptance came today!!!! I am
soooo excited! Thanks to all my pals who've been waiting with me! Thanks to the
great folks at the Laurels Pub who rejoiced with me when I won Chase the Ace!!!
Thanks to you all who make this such a wonderful place to live!!! I have my
flag, my most British hat, my Monty Python jumper, a plate of McVittie's
digestives, and a cuppa.....Lily and I are celebrating and playing Elgar
LOUD!!! For my US peeps....yes, I have dual citizenship
Susannah wrote on Facebook on 4th August 2020:
When I go out to film my bits for our on line services, I always take a still first to make sure I'm in the right spot. I rather like this one at oh six thirty this morning!!! It looks like a political poster.....I can see it now: Vote for me, a woman outstanding in her field! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!
She was loving and kind, fun and joyous and so much more and we loved her. She will be missed not just by members of our church but by our whole village and beyond. We know we were truly blessed that she came to our small corner of Devon and we got to know her and share her life for a while. May she rest in peace.