Janis Metcalf, 81, of Bryan, passed away Sunday morning March 2, 2014 at her residence. Her family will receive guests during a visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at First United Methodist Church in Bryan, with interment to follow at the Aggie Field of Honor in the College Station Memorial Cemetery.
Janis was born March 1, 1933, in Athens, Texas, to Reuben and Annie Laura Hutcheson.
She attended East Texas State University where she received her degree in education. She taught for 42 years with 38 years being in Bryan ISD. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1978, and was a perennial favorite in the “Best Teacher” category for the Bryan Daily Eagle. She shared her love for learning with generations of Bryan residents, and taught, in some families, three different generations. She was known for her compassion, her generosity and her sense of humor. The legacy she left with Bryan ISD and the number of students she impacted cannot easily be calculated. She also was a friend and mentor to many younger teachers over her career. Her only goal was to provide the best environment for the student. Through the years, she was told countless stories from former students of how she changed the trajectory of their lives for the better.
She had a second family with the Texas A&M basketball team. Her home was always open to players and staff. She provided cookies, copies of newspapers for their parents, hugs and encouragement. She considered the ball players her own, and was their biggest fan. She was known to go to bat for quite a few of them with the coach when they needed an advocate in their corner.
Without question, Janis left this world a better place for being here, and, for that, we celebrate her.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Shelby Metcalf, Jr.; her parents; her sister, Joan McCool, her brother-in-law, Jack McCool and her nephew, Don McCool.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Jack Valerius Jr,, her beloved grandchildren, Matthew and Kathryn Valerius, her niece, Dian Nelson her nephew, Chris McCool with his wife Martha and numerous great nephews and nieces. She has also been blessed with tremendous friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice Brazos Valley, First United Methodist Church in Bryan, Aggieland Humane Society or the Bryan Animal Shelter.
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