Virginia (Wainscott) Mechem

October 5, 2021

Virginia (Wainscott) Mechem, 89, a longtime Frankfort resident, passed over easily and peacefully in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 5, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Virginia lived most of her life in Frankfort. She worked several years at the Peter Paul Candy Company, and retired from NBD in 1997.  She continued to work part time for several more years at the Paul Phillippe Resource Center.

Virginia was the daughter of Paul (Polly) and Vera (Peachie) Wainscott. She was born on August 28, 1932 at home in Frankfort.  Her parents preceded her in death as did a grandson, Brandon. Virginia was devoted to her family and she dearly loved being a big sister to Meredith (Bud) Wainscott and Diana Ross.

Virginia loved her family and enjoyed get-togethers; Thanksgiving Feasts were always a highlight of her year and Christmas Breakfast was a tradition to which she was bound.  Going out to eat was one of her favorite things, and cookouts were a special treat for her.

Virginia was famous, at least in the family, for her potato salad (in the green bowl), her red cinnamon jello stuff, and her salads consisting of various fruits and marshmallows.

Virginia was a maker of lists and an avid reader.  She loved listening to music; both Dean Martin and the Gaither Vocal Band made her smile.  She kept up with folks on Facebook and Marco Polo.  And she was always thrilled to sit and chat with family, friends, and especially, with her grandchildren.

Virginia was a gentle and gracious person who was admired for her kind and considerate ways.  She was a long-time member of Frankfort First Baptist Church, but at the time of her death had been a member of the Second Baptist Church of Greater Saint Louis for nine years.

Virginia was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Visitation and Services

Graveside services for Virginia will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Bunnell Cemetery. Officiating the service is her son, Steve Mechem. Memorial donations may be made to Paul Phillippe Resource Center, 401 W. Walnut St., Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

Virginia was proud of her three children and their spouses, Larry and Chris Mechem, Mike and Erika Mechem, both of Davenport, IA and Steve and Judi Mechem of St. Louis, MO.  Virginia was over the moon with love for her eight grandchildren and their partners, she cherished her fourteen great grandchildren, and was excited to be a great great grandmother to one. In addition, Virginia was Aunt to many nieces and nephews.


Leave your Condolences

19 Condolences for “Virginia (Wainscott) Mechem”

  1. Betsey Vonderheide October 7, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Steve and Judi and boys,

    So sorry for the loss of your mama. She sounds like a great gal!

    Betsey V.

  2. Pat Weber October 7, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Bud and Diana, I am praying for comfort and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

  3. Cindy Vanderbur October 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. She was always such a lovely person, and so fun! My sincerest sympathy to all of you on her loss.

  4. Gloria Martinez October 7, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Caleb and Elizabeth our sincere condolences to you and all of your family. May you find peace knowing that others are sharing in your loss. Mimmie and Baby.

  5. Bob & Janie October 8, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Bud & Diana:
    John 14:27, peace & prayers for your families!

    Bob & Janie (Watson) Shurr

  6. Mike and Mary Ann Richards October 8, 2021 at 9:34 am

    So sorry for your loss. May God’s blessing be with you.

  7. Rebecca Ticen October 8, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Praying for God’s comfort and strength during your time of sorrow. R.I.P. Virginia

  8. Teresa Wainscott Inglis October 8, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Prayers for the family; and for Virginia’s sweet soul, back in the everlasting arms. I am Wayne and Mary Jane Wainscott’s daughter, Pony and Bea’s grand daughter. We live in Colorado.

  9. Mary Alice Foley October 8, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Steve, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. You and your family will be in my prayers! Much love to you and Judi! Mary Alice

  10. Georganna G. Jackson October 8, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Steve, so sorry to hear about your Mom. Prayers for you, Judi and the boys. Georganna Jackson

  11. Janice Jacoby October 8, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Prayers for the Mechem family and Bud and Diana. Virginia, my mother and a few other ladies would go out to eat after church on Sundays many times. I thought Virginia was a very nice lady.
    Janice Jacoby

  12. Wayde Fausett October 9, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Sorry to hear this Steve! Condolences to you and your family at this time of loss.

  13. Barb & Wayne Fausett October 9, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Our prayers and condolences to the family. Virginia was such a sweet lady. May God comfort you and give you peace.

  14. John & Angela October 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Larry, sorry for your loss. Healing thoughts to you and your family.

  15. Betty October 9, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Bud and Diana so sorry for your loss..our brothers and sisters are so precious…prayers for the family…John and Betty

  16. Penny Horton October 9, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Such a beautiful lady. I got to know Virginia when I worked at the Clinton House and her mom Peachy was there. My condolences to all the family.

  17. Steve and Kay Suzanne October 9, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  18. Donna Sprunger October 10, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Larry, Mike, Steve, Bud, Diana and familes… so sorry for your loss. I grew up with Ginny, as well as many many Wainscott cousins. Memories I treasure. May God comfort you all at this time.
    Donna Wainscott Sprunger

  19. Connie Brant October 11, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Diana, I am so sorry about the passing of your loving sister. She was such a caring, loving and considerate lady to her family, as well as her friends. And my Mother was a great friend of hers. My Mom loved her so much. May God Bless you my friend and all of her family with peace upon their hearts. I love you Diana…my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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