Margaret N. Metz, a retired Harford County educator and world traveler, died Nov. 2 of complications from a stroke at her Bel Air home. She was 80.
The daughter of an educator and a homemaker, Margaret Nancy Jackson was born in Abingdon, Pa., and raised in Jenkintown, Pa.
After graduating from Jenkintown High School in 1950, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 from what was then Beaver College, now Arcadia University.
She married Howard Metz in 1956.
Mrs. Metz taught business courses for three years at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pa., before moving to Bel Air in 1963.
She taught business courses at Bel Air High School for 24 years, retiring in 1992. After retiring, she and her husband worked as part-time travel agents for various agencies.
An avid traveler, Mrs. Metz had visited 78 countries and six continents during her lifetime. She also maintained a correspondence with pen pals across the world that she had begun during her high school days, family members said.
Mrs. Metz left her body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.
Mrs. Metz was a longtime active member of Bel Air United Methodist Church, 21 Linwood Ave., Bel Air, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 12.
She is survived by her husband, who retired from the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant, where he had been a shift superintendent; two sons, Charlie Metz of Baltimore and Jim Metz of Fallston; a brother, Richard Jackson of Cincinnati; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.