unknown - July 5, 2012
Tex Meachem took off on her final flight on July 5, 2012, in the care of Vitas Hospice of Florida at John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fla. She was 94 years old.
A veteran of WW II, Tex was one of a handful of women who pioneered the skies as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs. She flew missions around the country, mainly moving planes and people where they were needed for the war effort. She was also assigned to Hondo Air base in San Antonio, Texas, to fly training missions for student navigators. There she met her husband, John Meachem, a Navigation Officer. They were married for 46 years, until John died in 1991.
The Meachems resided in Manlius, New York and had three daughters. Once they were all settled in school, Tex worked as a teacher in the East Syracuse-Minoa School district, then went on to earn her Masters in Library Science at Syracuse University. She then served as a librarian at ES-M until her retirement in the late 70s. She was active in the life of Christ Episcopal Church.
Tex and John then moved to Mt. Dora, Florida, where the climate was vastly more comfortable for Tex, a native Floridian.
In 2001, Tex moved to John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida. She was very active in her community as a Resident Senator, and on many committees. She particularly enjoyed mentoring new residents, helping them to get acclimated and meet new friends.
Additional Words at 15¢ Each In March, 2010, the WASP were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, in recognition of their service to the country. Tex was present for all of the ceremonies and events, along with approximately 175 surviving members, and the families of those who were unable to attend. A few weeks later she was given the opportunity to fly once again in an AT-6 Texan, which had been her favorite plane to fly as a WASP, Thanks to JKV friends and History Flight of Marathon, Florida.
Tex is survived by two daughters, Margaret Josephine of Buffalo, NY, and Lucinda Brown (Sutton) of Coconut Creek, Florida, five grandchildren, and four great-granchildren. Her youngest daughter, Melissa Donne (Corvez) died in 1994.
Memorials can be directed to: John Knox Village Foundation, 651 SW 6th Street, Pompano Beach, FL, 3360 or The Foundation for End-of-Life Care, 5430 NW 33rd Avenue, Suite 106, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309.