Metcalf, Joan Louise


Joan Louise Metcalf, of Aspen, Colo., died November 10, 2005, at Castle Creek Terraces, of complications from Type I diabetes. She was 76.

Joan was born March 23, 1929, in Winona, to Marjorie Fisher and Russell Henthorn. She was adopted by Frederick Ferdinand Fisher, Marge's second husband.

She traveled the country with her parents and siblings, while Fisher, a jazz musician, performed. She studied music at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1950, she married Donald Morris Higbie. The ceremony was performed on an Indian Chief motorcycle.

In 1953, she moved to Aspen with her two children to rejoin her parents. In 1962, she married her employer, F. Mead Metcalf, of the Crystal Palace restaurant. She performed there for 20 years, and retired after a serious accident in Italy. They divorced in 1983.

Joan traveled extensively all over the world. She was a member of the FOE and BPOE.

Joan is survived by her daughter and her husband, Kim Higbie and Paul V. Smith, of Hakalau, Hawaii; her son and his wife, Donald Higbie Jr. and Dana Jones Higbie, of Basalt; her granddaughter, Sophia Higbie, of Basalt; her sister, Susan Fox, of Glenwood Springs; her brother, Joseph (King) Fisher, of Australia; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

A celebration of her life took place Saturday, December 10, in Aspen.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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