Melinda Diane Fagan

Born: Mon., Dec. 13, 1943
Died: Sat., Jul. 14, 2018

Funeral Service


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 20, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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Melinda Diane Fagan, age 74, of Dardenne Prairie, MO, passed away on July 14, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on December 13, 1943 in Mexico, MO, the daughter of Lowell and Hazel (Brown) Shepard Melton. She married Kenneth Fagan, Jr. on August 1, 1964 in Hull, IL. He preceded her in death on June 17, 2014.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Melinda is survived by two sons and a daughter; Kennan D. (and Lisa) Fagan of Troy, IL, Kevin D. (and Angela) Fagan of Mt. Sterling, IL, and Kimberly S. (and Jody) Bogue of Hannibal, MO, seven grandchildren; Kenna, Cameron and Connor Bogue, Alec and Caleb Fagan, and Ethan and Skyler Fagan, her sister Nancy (and Walt) Koertge of Olney, IL, cousins Chris Stewart and Brenda McCay, nephew Brent Koertge, and niece Shelli Wright.

Melinda taught science for 30 years in public education in Illinois and 9 additional years in Missouri and Kansas. During her time teaching at Barry High School, she also taught courses for John Wood Community College and, while teaching in Missouri, also taught at Moberly Area Community College. She loved teaching science, working with students in class and sponsoring their science fair projects. Melinda was a frequent presenter at teaching conferences, recipient of numerous awards in science education and was proud to be recognized as a student sponsor with regional, state and international science fair award winners.

Melinda earned her Undergraduate Degree in Biology at Quincy University as well as Graduate Degrees in Biology at Truman State University and Chemistry Education from Quincy University.

After retiring, she continued her passion for teaching, voluntarily coordinating a jewelry making class in St. Charles, MO. She continued to enjoy traveling, couponing, yard sales and dining out with friends and family.

A visitation will be held on Friday, July 20th from 5-8 pm at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 3:30 pm at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Pastor Aaron Foster will officiate. Family visitation will begin at 3:00 pm prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Melinda's memory to Mercy Virtual Care Center in care of Mercy Health Foundation or to the Jewelry Crafters Connection in care of Ann Womack. Interment will be in the Astoria Cemetery.

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Linda Alexander Drion
   Posted Mon July 16, 2018
You were a great teacher! My condolences. Barry High School class of 1983.

Jennifer Brumfield
   Posted Mon July 16, 2018
I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I learned so many lessons from Mrs Fagan, more than just science. She was one of the most patient teachers I have ever met, her dedication to her students was impressive even to my naive eyes. I am so very grateful to have had her in my life, both as a teacher and as a mentor in science fairs. She was one of the good ones, leaving a positive, indelible mark on the world! My sincerest condolences.

Joyce Glazebrook
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
I will remember Melinda's drive to continue to teach and bring people together for good. I enjoyed attending her jewelry classes. A great lady that will indeed be missed.

Pat Ruble
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
I am so sorry, it seems just like yesterday that we were all teaching together now we are all going a few at a time. I love that she was so happy at the end of her life.

Leigh Lewis
   Posted Thu July 19, 2018

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With deepest sympathy, Triad Administrative "Tuesday" Team

Lisa Johnson
   Posted Sat July 21, 2018
I was saddened to hear of Melinda's passing. I didn't know her long, I met her through the jewelry group. She was a sweetheart. She will be greatly missed by family & friends. 🙏

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