Meghan Andrea Still
Meghan Andrea Still
  • October 9, 1984 - November 29, 2017
  • Austin, Texas

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Meghan Andrea Still, 33, a Huntsville native and passionate believer in the teaching of young children, passed away Wednesday November 29, 2017 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Friends are invited to a Christian Celebration of her life at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2017 at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church, 1306 Cannstatt Road, Huntsville, AL 35802 with the Revs. Dr. David B. Freeman and Handy Avery officiating. A drop-in luncheon will follow at the home of her parents.

Miss Still, as she was affectionately called by hundreds of children, is survived by her father and mother, Joe and Susan Still of Huntsville; sister, Caitlin Anne Still of Atlanta, GA; aunts, uncles and cousins living from California to North Carolina; and hundreds of friends across the U.S.

Meghan fought but lost a five-year battle with a rare cancer called adrenal corticoid carcinoma, a disease that strikes one in 1 million people and for which there is presently no known cure. It was her wish that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the research of Dr. M.A. Habra, MD at MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.

Born and raised in Huntsville, Meghan was a graduate of Grissom High School, Class of 2003. Later academic honors include a BA from Vanderbilt University Peabody College majoring in Early Childhood, Childhood Development and Human and Organizational Development; and a Masters Degree in Literacy from The Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. While pursuing her masters, she worked as a content intern for Public Broadcasting’s Sesame Street Workshop.

At Vanderbilt, she was a board member of Alternative Spring Break (ASB), organizing motivated students into travel groups who provided labor, problem solving, counseling and tutoring to non-profits and low-income school districts across the country. In her senior year, she arranged for the first Vandy ASB group to work with Lincoln Ministries in Huntsville, a group that continues to come here 12 years later.

Meghan was assigned to the 2003 Phoenix Corps of Teach For America, where she was assigned to teach first grade in a Title I school for two years. After leaving Phoenix and graduate school, she had teaching positions at Mountain Brook and Leeds, AL. In Leeds, she arranged for her entire grade to see their first production of Alabama Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” a tradition that also continues.

She moved to Austin, TX in 2012 to take a position with The Girls’ School of Austin (GSA), where she worked and substituted until her health would not permit. Despite the illness, she volunteered through her new church, Covenant Presbyterian, as an ESL teaching assistant; Manos Y Cristos, a Christian charitable outreach group; and many of the service projects organized through the Austin Junior League, where she was a member. One of Meghan’s proudest accomplishments during her illness was earning her yoga instructor certification. She used her talents to introduce yoga to students, young and old, at GSA and Covenant Presbyterian.

Her family will continue to love and remember her by supporting cancer fighting research. Meghan’s service to her community leaves a legacy that will touch hundreds of lives for years to come.