Born November 27, 1974, Meggan had packed a lot into her short life. She was born only 12 minutes after they got to the hospital and seemed to hit the ground running. She took lessons in voice, dance, acting, acrobatics, oboe, and swimming in addition to a full school and work schedule, graduating with honors from Oregon City High, acting in several plays, playing in the band, lettering four years in swimming, winning district meets, life guarding, and teaching swimming.
Meggan was a joy, with a smile that could steal any show and an ability to unite children or grownups in work and learning. She found great happiness in helping others; she donated blood, did HIV/AIDS education, taught swimming, and theater, and contributed her organizing skills. Meggan really enjoyed life and work. She seemed happiest when in places without plumbing or electricity.
One of Meg's ambitions was to live on seven continents and learn seven languages. She had spent a semester in Guatemala working with street kids, a semester in Zimbabwe working with women to create theater pieces of traditional teaching stories, and a semester in London studying armed and unarmed stage combat, Shakespearean theater, Alexander technique, and otherwise honing her craft. She spoke English, German, Spanish, and Shona. She loved travel and had also visited Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Zambia, South Africa, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany.
On May 27, 1997, Meggan was killed in an automobile accident south of Bakersfield, California. She was returning to her summer job, before completing her degree program as a theater major with a concentration in directing at Scripps College in Claremont, California in the fall.
Meggan died just before commencing work on children's summer theater workshops, a Spanish language HIV/AIDS education radio novella (soap opera), and teaching more swimming. It was typical that she had four jobs lined up for the summer and was planning to attend the international HIV/AIDS conference in Cuba in August to share her work on the novella.
In Guatemala Jaime Marcia and Meggan organized the homeless street orphans, these niños de la calle, mostly shoeshine boys, through street theater games, brought the children together, and let them decide what they needed and how to achieve it. The children decided they most needed a temporary shelter to be able to get off the streets for short periods of time when things were hardest.
Jaime, with Meggan's assistance, helped produce a music cassette with songs donated by each of Guatemala's most popular singers to sell to raise funds for the shelter project. This cassette has been recently reissued as a CD.
Once when traveling in Central America with a friend, Meggan said if she died on one of her trips, what she wanted most was to be remembered. We ask that you help us to insure she is remembered by helping to continue some of the work she was doing.
The above biography of Meggan is from Kitsie Parkinson and Lynn DeWeese-Parkinson.