Willagene Maxson Mechling Minnis

MINNIS, Willagene Maxson Mechling, 95, of Cary, NC, passed away peacefully at Western Wake Hospital, surrounded by her family on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

She was born in Colliers, WV on July 2, 1918, to the late Thomas Mechling and Suella Mechling Freshwater.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Herbert T. Minnis; her sisters, Florence Bridges, Margaret Hayes, Marion Knox and Georgia Freshwater; brothers, Roy, Charles, and Willard Mechling.

She is survived by her daughter, Saralee Minnis McComas and her husband, Robert of Cary, NC; son, Herbert T. Minnis and his wife, Bethine, of Lee’s Summit, MO; four grandsons, Shawn McComas and his wife, Lundie, of Cary, NC, Mark McComas and his wife, Sherry, of Willow Springs, NC, Nathan Minnis and his wife, Jennifer, of Blue Springs, MO, and Christopher Minnis and his wife, Danielle, of Concord, NC; eight great-grandchildren, Preston, Parker, Taylor and Colton McComas, Payton, Cade, Olivia and Cameron Minnis; one great great-grandson, Noah.

Willa was a favorite of her nieces and nephews, Pamela Kehres (Bob) of Jacksonville, NC, Ernest Mechling (Nancy) of Davie, FL, Judy Cipoletti (Gene) of Wellsburg, WV, JoAnn Owings (George), Bob Ward (Michelle), Barbara Balmer (Ken) of Morgantown, WV, Vonnie Visnich, Weirton, WV, and Gerald Mechling (JoAnne) Moundsville, WV – all of whom will miss her dearly. She also was survived by many other nephews and nieces and a host of long time friends.

She was a member of 366 Eastern Stars of 25 years and a charter member of Dogwood Court of Amaranth since 1960.

She was a former member of Cove Presbyterian Church in Weirton, WV, John Knox Presbyterian Church in N. Olmstead, OH and is now at Western Blvd Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC.

Interment will be at St John Cemetery, Colliers, WV on Saturday, January 4 at 11 a.m.

Arrangements will be handled by Greco-Hertnick Funeral home, 3219 Main St., Weirton. www.grecohertnick.com.