Saturday, August 13, 2011, Meagan left her safe home in Cincinnati where she lived with her parents and her siblings, Victoria and Samuel, to attend a Sugarland concert in Indianapolis. That morning was the last time Meagan was physically present in her home. The unthinkable occurred as the stage collapsed that evening. Meagan spent the next nine days in Methodist Hospital fighting for her life. In the end, the injuries and trauma to Meagan's brain were too great for her to overcome and the decision was made to allow her to be at peace and carry out her wishes to act as an organ donor. On August 22, 2011, Meagan left this world to continue her journey of hope into heaven, along the way saving the lives of two individuals through her gifts. She was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on July 1, 1987. Meagan was the daughter of Melissa and Tim Oakley of Anderson Township, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a 2005 graduate of Turpin High School and 2009 graduate of Wittenberg University, earning a degree in psychology. Meagan was enrolled in the School Psychology Program at the University of Cincinnati, where she earned a Masters degree in Education. She was preparing to complete her final internship in school psychology in the West Clermont school district. Meagan received the "Outstanding Student Award" within the Educational Psychology Department. She graduated posthumously with her cohort on June 8, 2012. Meagan was the cheerleading coach at Turpin at the time of this great tragedy, where she was a three year varsity cheerleader; 4 year member of academic quiz team; 3 year member of cross country and track; student council secretary; member of chorus; Peer Counselor; Senior Leader; Just Say No Leader; Turpin Dance Team; Ohio Reads volunteer; Chilln’ Chums volunteer; National Honor Society, and Key Club member. Meagan was recognized as a “Future Leader of America.” Meagan was a member of Ohio Dance Masters Jr. Organization and competed with the Dawn Meyer School of Dance performance team for ten years. She was a 4 year varsity Tiger cheerleader at Wittenberg and a 1 year heptathlete on the track team. Meagan was a sister in the Delta Gamma sorority and a member of Psi Chi, National Honor Society for Psychology.
Meagan is survived by her parents, Melissa and Tim Oakley and Ron Toothman, a sister Victoria Oakley and brother Samuel Oakley. Grandparents are Ed and Carole McCorkle of Bellaire, Janet Toothman of Jacobsburg, and Jack and Saranne Oakley of Nelsonville, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Meagan’s obituary is best written by the amazing number of lives she has touched in her life and death. Support and love have come from all over the country. As a coach, friend, nanny, and colleague, Meagan was always there with a hug and a smile, leaving all who knew her a little better for the contact. Just as important to us has been the news that she has become a positive force for organ donors. We have received thousands of notes from people who have had their lives impacted by the donation of an organ. In death as in life, Meagan has continued to help and serve others. She continues to embody the Witt motto of "having light we pass it on to others."
Meagan's Caringbridge Site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/meagantoothman1