Willagene Maxson Mechling Minnis, 95, of Cary, NC passed away peacefully at Western Wake Hospital, surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 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, husband Robert of Cary, NC; son, Herbert T. Minnis, wife Bethine of Lee’s Summit, MO; four grandsons, Shawn McComas,wife Lundie of Cary, NC, Mark McComas, wife Sherry of Willow Springs, NC , Nathan Minnis, wife Jennifer of Blue Springs, MO and Christopher Minnis.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.
She was a member of 366 Eastern Stars of 25 years and a charter member of Dogwood Court of Amaranth since 1960.
Willa worked for 21 years with Ivey’s and Dillard’s retiring at age 87 in 2005.
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Willa will be remembered as a remarkable, strong, inspirational and independent woman. She loved the Lord, attending church, reading, gardening, knitting and spending time with her family.
A funeral service will take place Thursday, January 2nd at Western Blvd. Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am. Visitation will follow the service.
Interment will be at St. John Cemetery, Colliers, WV. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Western Blvd. Presbyterian Church or the Salvation Army www.BrownWynneCary.com