OBITUARY

Gladys Jean Metcalfe

November 1, 1935June 10, 2018
Play Tribute Movie Play Tribute Movie

Gladys Jean Metcalfe (Geoghegan), 82 of Louisville, passed away on June 10, 2018. Jean was a devoted homemaker, mother and grandmother. A 1953 graduate of Fern Creek High School, she excelled at several sports, participated in numerous activities and was dedicated to the “Creeker” alumni club. She had a love for family gatherings, Geoghegan genealogy and music. Jean sang in the Kentuckiana chapter of the Sweet Adelines and served as their president. Being an avid songwriter, she co-founded the Louisville Area Songwriter’s Cooperative and the Louisville Music News newspaper (serving as editor throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s). Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Melvina Geoghegan, her husband, Thomas Metcalfe Jr, brother, Harold Geoghegan and sister, Lois Raymer. She is survived by her children: Eric Metcalfe (Michele) and Scott Metcalfe, grandchildren, Flynn, Anna and Sara Metcalfe, Siblings, Marie Van Meter, Marshal Geoghegan (Janice), Linda Geoghegan and Robert Mike Geoghegan and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service to celebrate Jean’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in the chapel of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Rd. with interment at Resthaven Memorial Park. Guests are invited to attend a visitation from 11-2 p.m. the day of the funeral. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America,322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 Please visit us online at www.archlheadyresthaven.com Gladys Jean Metcalfe

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Celebration of Jean's Life Saturday, June 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gladys Jean Metcalfe

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Paul Moffett

June 23, 2018

My former business and songwriting partner, Jean Metcalfe, 82, was co-founder and vice-president of the Louisville Area Songwriters Cooperative, as well as co-founder and editor of the Louisville Music News, a monthly tabloid that we published together from April 1989 to May 1996, when she stepped down as editor, privately expressing her unhappiness with how men in the music business ignored and angered her.

I respected and admired her skills and intelligence and especially her people skills, which made much of it all work more smoothly. After she left the paper, however, we seldom, if ever, saw one another, only talking on the phone occasionally. When I called her to arrange to meet to settle the finances, I suspected something was wrong from her voice on the phone. When I saw her last, at her husband’s funeral in November 2015, the Alzheimer’s was advanced; she didn’t exactly recognize me but remembered that we had published a newspaper together. It was heartbreaking to see that bright light so dimmed.

Between the LASC, the Sweet Adelines and the Louisville Music News, Jean gave a great deal to the music scene in Louisville, promoting new performers, ensuring that other, often older, performer didn’t get overlooked. Her greatest regret was that we didn’t get to all the older performers she thought deserved attention. Thanks to libraries at U of L, IUS, Louisville Free Public Library and, oddly, the Country Music Hall of Fame, all of which have complete collections of LMN, her writing and spirit will still be available and accessible into the future. It is also online at LouisvilleMusicNews.net.

Goodbye, Jean, requiescat in pace. I’ll miss you. We'll all miss you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Gladys Jean Metcalfe (Geoghegan), 82 of Louisville, passed away on June 10, 2018.
Jean was a devoted homemaker, mother and grandmother. A 1953 graduate of Fern Creek High School, she excelled at several sports, participated in numerous activities and was dedicated to the “Creeker” alumni club. She had a love for family gatherings, Geoghegan genealogy and music. Jean sang in the Kentuckiana chapter of the Sweet Adelines and served as their president. Being an avid songwriter, she co-founded the Louisville Area Songwriter’s Cooperative and the Louisville Music News newspaper (serving as editor throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s).
Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Melvina Geoghegan, her husband, Thomas Metcalfe Jr, brother, Harold Geoghegan and sister, Lois Raymer.
She is survived by her children: Eric Metcalfe (Michele) and Scott Metcalfe, grandchildren, Flynn, Anna and Sara Metcalfe, Siblings, Marie Van Meter, Marshal Geoghegan (Janice), Linda Geoghegan and Robert Mike Geoghegan and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service to celebrate Jean’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in the chapel of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Rd. with interment at Resthaven Memorial Park. Guests are invited to attend a visitation from 11-2 p.m. the day of the funeral.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America,322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Please visit us online at www.archlheadyresthaven.com
Gladys Jean Metcalfe