Obituary of Wilda LaRue Markby
Wilda Larue Mechling Markby (née Gearhart), aged 90, passed away peacefully on 1/20/22 at her home in Tucson, Arizona. Her funeral service will take place on February 1st at the New Testament Baptist Church on 2855 N Craycroft Road in Tucson, Arizona. The viewing will be held from noon to 2pm. The memorial service will follow from 2 pm to 3pm.
Wilda Larue Mechling Markby (née Gearhart) was born on March 2nd, 1931 to Laura Mable Beam and Thomas Wilson Gearhart. She was born in Plum Creek Township, Armstrong County. She is survived by her five children: Dick Mechling Jr., Mark Mechling, Linda Stroster (née Mechling), Carol Adams (née Mechling), and Vickie Walters (née Mechling).
Wilda is also survived by her thirteen grandchildren: Scott Mechling, Dee Jay Adams Jr., Shawn Mechling, John Stroster, Rachelle Nelson (née Adams), Mathew Mechling, Melanie Thomas (née Mechling), Michelle Williams (née Mechling), April Rebok (née Stroster), Joshua Walters, Samuel Walters, Laura Kemmerer (née Walters), and Nate Walters. Additionally, her family tree stretches to include twenty-eight great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.
She grew up with nine brothers (Frank, Elmer, Floyde, Laird, Malven, Herbert, Harold, Clarence, and Donald Gearhart) and six sisters (Grace Rupp (née Gearhart), Martha Shaffer (née Gearhart), Bertha Gearhart, Myrtle Gearhart, and twin girls). Wilda was the youngest sibling of the Gearhart clan.
Wilda married Dick Mechling, the father of her five children, in April of 1949. They were married for 35 years before his passing in July of 1986. Wilda and Dick lived in an apartment in Kittanning at the start of their marriage and went on to purchase a small farm near Whitesburg. They raised five children that all graduated from Elderton High School. To support the family, Wilda worked as a nursing assistant and then went on to be a respiratory and cardiopulmonary technician at Armstrong County Hospital. She loved helping people.
Wilda Larue Mechling Markby (née Gearhart) left behind a vast legacy and she will be dearly missed by her friends and family. She was a loving mother and a loving friend.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Wilda Markby, please visit Tribute Store