Delphia M. Mechling

June 22, 1946 ‒ September 02, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Delphia Marie (Dee) Mechling AKA PollyEster God’s Caring Clown of Mount Vernon, Ohio took her last breath here on earth on September 2, 2020.  She was born on June 22, 1946 at Mercy Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Clinton and Margie (Hill) Mechling.

Delphia is survived by her brother, Gary (Ellen) Mechling of Mount Vernon; “adopted” daughter, Diana (Edith Ann); “adopted” mother, Julie; her faithful canine companion, Chewy; two feline friends, Moose and Spanky Marie.

PollyEster is a clown character that Dee created about 30 years ago while she was searching for something her friend Mike do to while interacting with other people.  Mike picked Sleepy Dreams as his clown character.  Delphia served adults with special needs through her business, Sleepy Cupcake.  She taught her friends with Disabilities Christian clowning to go out and talk to others about God.

PollyEster was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Mount Gilead, Ohio.  She attended Bible College, was the Mayor of Clown Town and served on many Mission trips.  PollyEster was always up for an adventure.  She would say Road Trip and everyone that wanted to would pile into the car and you never knew where you were going until you got there.

She was loved by many friends, but those that were the nearest to her heart were her VIP family.  Cupcake, Pickles, Meatball, Kit-Kat, Pinky-D, and MattMan.  Although we will miss her she is in a better place.  Fly High PollyEster and we will see you on the other side.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 10-11 am with a service starting at 11:00 am at the Central Christian Church; 17833 Gambier Rd, Mt Vernon, OH 43050.

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  • Polyester: We met for the first time years ago when I was a new social worker for Kno-Ho-Co and you worked for the Station Break. You were a natural at serving the elderly and then serving folks with disabilities. You were an awesome mentor and I learned so much from you. I was honored to work with you again when we both ended up serving folks with disabilities. You even let me tag along with you when you were out clowning. I was your “Clown: Plain clothes division”. Always so much fun!! Your love for Jesus and teaching others about His love has always been a blessing to me!! Because you were a part of my life, I’m a better person!!! Now that you are probably sitting at the feet of Jesus and no doubt telling him a clown joke or two. See you on the other side, my friend!!

    Love ya, Lisa

  • My dear friend , I know we have talked many times about questions we would ask when we got to Heaven. Dont forget to ask them. Our hearts are broken here at your leaving us. It’s a journey we all will take some day. I know you were ready, you fought so long and so hard but your work on Earth is done. You made an impact on so many lives. To many to count or name. I know you have reunited with Mike and you are both clowning around just like we talked about . You will keep them in stitches… tell my mom I love her. I will see you again when it’s my turn in that line. Thank you for being my friend. 💜

  • I send my condolences to family and friends. We would go to garage sales a lot to get items for shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child each week in the Summer. One day, we had gone to lots of garage sales and found nothing. She stopped the vehicle, and we prayed for the Lord to lead us to where we were to get items for this ministry. Then off we went again. The very next garage sale, there were loads of items to buy that would be great for this missions. We looked at each other and asked the question, “why didn’t we pray when we first started?” We clowned together, and every year, for one special day, while she was able, she would bring her clown group to our church and the clowns would pack usually 100 shoe boxes that day. The last few years, someone else would bring the clown group. We clowned at times, together; she with her little dog, and me with Elmer, the monkey puppet along with a few other clowns. I am so happy for her that she no longer is suffering.

  • A dear friend to many you were. Thank you for sharing your life with me and others. You will always be in my heart.

  • Patty Rheinscheld you dear were one of a kind.
    Your spot in Heaven shines bright.
    Your will to pray right at any moment was a witness to us all.
    You are missed.

  • I knew Dee from riding the same school bus. She was older than me, so we didn’t interact much at that time. Many years later, I came to “know” Dee though my sister-in-law. What I found was the most generous, kind, caring person that lived to serve her God and those around her. When my mom (and later my brother) were in their last days, Dee provided a place to stay, food to eat, support and fellowship for me. I am sad to say I didn’t get to know her as many of you did, but am blessed for the time I had. I know you have retuned to your Father. Say “hi” to mom, dad and Ben for me. Rest In Peace dear friend.

  • what a prescious woman! I have many fond memories of Delphia.i treasure her ministry working with special needs folks and creative clown Poly ester will be truly missed! Im blessed to have known you.

  • We went to Dan Emmett grade school together,then high school. I had seen her only once since then at our 25th high school reunion in 1989. Funny how all these years later I fondly remember her from grade school …long,long ago. A really nice person. R.I.P.

  • She was definitely one of a kind. I was raised with her family. I’ve always admired and loved her. She was made to make people smile and she did a wonderful job of it. Rest easy now dear friend. Your work here is done and you’ve won your reward.

  • Dee,
    you were a one in a million lady that i was proud to know,and who made a very tough time in my life much easier to bear. i enjoyed being a part of your clown world and learning about our Lord in a different way. Thank you for all your lessons. Dee i will never forget you and you will Always be in my heart Fly high my friend . Hugs
    Alan and Tammy Chalmers

  • Wow.Mom,I thank God for putting you in my life.You were a great role model .I have many memories of the unusual and fun things that we did together.You taught me that no matter how rough life gets at times keep strong in my faith and God will see me through.My kids and grandkids will miss you but we are so Happy to know you are Cancer free and pain free. I hope you have met my birth mom and you can share with her how rotten I really am.Until we meet again,I love you. Love Edith Ann (Diana)

  • Mama Duck,
    You have been in my life literally since I was born.. In the hospital room when my mom, your dear friend gave birth to me.. You nicknamed me Baby duck.. because i had white hair.. and it looked like feathers.

    I love you. I will miss you dearly.. yet, I am so thankful you are with Jesus. I loved getting to be with you last week.

    So many memories.. trips, summers together.. and just living life.. knowing we had each other to love.You matter so much to me.. I have so admired how much you loved on everyone and made sure each knew they were special.

    I wish we could have had many more years on earth.. many more for my daughter to truly know you too.. Love you forever… see you in Heaven.. Love Baby Duck

  • Many years ago Dee and I were Girl Scouts together- I have many good memories of her and her cousin from Newark- much much fun at Girl Scout Camp and later in our lives.
    Miss you until we are reunited in Heaven my PollyEster friend.
    Karen aka Jinxie

  • Dee will be missed by many. I enjoyed hearing her speak of the love she has for God. She shared her faith with many and was faithful to her calling in life. Prayers to family and all who knew Dee.

  • Dee will be missed by many. I enjoyed hearing her speak of the love she had for God. She shared her faith with many and was faithful to her calling in life. Prayers to family and all who knew Dee.