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Metta D. Pitman, 85, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 8, 2004, at Haines.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St., after the service.

Metta was born on June 8, 1919, to Elva Carl and Rosella Lewis Perry at Nampa, Idaho. She graduated from Meridian High School at Meridian, Idaho, and went on to Albion Normal School, Albion, Idaho. She received her teaching certificate in 1939.

Metta married Chester W. Sater in 1939. They were later divorced. She married John Pitman on Aug. 19, 1949. She was a teacher in Baker schools from 1945 until her retirement in 1981, having taught at Brooklyn, Churchill, North Baker and South Baker elementary schools.

Metta enjoyed traveling with Eastern Star and in her RV, and spending time with family. She liked to read, tend her flower gardens, pick huckleberries, do needlework, and play cards. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Esther Chapter, and was very active at both the local and state levels.

Survivors include her two sons, Chester Sater and his wife, Linda, of La Grande; Jack Sater and his wife, Arlyne, of Lolo, Mont.; her stepdaughter, Marilyn Brinkerhoff, and her husband, Kendal, of Pangutich, Utah; her two brothers, Jack Perry and his wife, Pat, of John Day, and Earl Perry and his wife, Joann, of Lowman, Idaho; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Metta was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1996; her parents, Elva and Rosella Perry; and a brother, Everett Perry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., PO Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 13, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor